This old and rustic Japanese Jizai Kagi would have been suspended over the hearth and used to hang a water kettle over the fire so that tea would be available at a moments notice. Obviously used by a rural farm family, and small which indicates that it was used in a small fire pit in a sleeping area. The hook, (Kagi), has been left natural, the Koi and natural piece of bamboo, (kan), is “sootted” from years of use. It has the original saru-nawa, (rope/twine), laced around the bamboo and to hand the piece. And, last but not least is the Koi carving to add a decorative touch. The bamboo is split and has been that was since it purchase in 1946 and brought to the United States by a military family.
This Koi and the shaft of the Kagi was used to adjust the height of the small water kettle over the low coal fire. The center of a traditional Japanese home was the Irori or the Kamdo– the sunken hearth in the middle of the room. Condition: Good for its age and use/Great character/aesthetic as shown in the accompanying images. Dimensions: 24-0”L x 7-0”w
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection