Japanese Furniture Hardware | Flat Metal Decorative Bar Brace
This decorative bar brace is typically found at the center top of many tansu which not only gives a beautiful finished quality to the piece of furniture but also strength and support to the top or center rail of the piece.
This bar brace is made of brass and is beautifully engraved with a vine like arabesque (karakusa) motif and family crest (mon) known as hoshi (Stars). The Hoshi Mon originated during the Nara and Heian periods. Astrology, and particularly stars, played a conspicuous role in this tangled spiritual realm. The “star” pattern was one of the most common motifs on the costumes, carriages and furniture of the aristocracy. It was considered to be an auspicious and graceful symbol, and easy to identify. The depiction of three stars was associated with Orion and called the “three warriors” or “stars of the generals” in Japan. The outer circle encompassing the three stars represents the universe. The pattern is carved with blade tools, usually made of hard steel, and various techniques have also been devised for doing this since ancient times. Age: Early 1900’s. Dimensions: 7-3/4” x 1-5/8”.