Condition: Excellent

Pair of Antique Japanese Kutani Double Fish Scroll Weights with Silk Tassels | Hanging Scroll Weight | 1920-30

This is a pair of porcelain Kutani scroll weights in the form of a double fish in the standard Kutani red and gold finish. Each double fish are back to back and measure 2-1/8” long x 1-1/2” diameter. The total dimension including the Brown Silk tassel is 10-0” in overall length. Condition is excellent with no repairs, fading or missing parts.

Additional Information—

Scroll weights, “fuchi,”, are a decorative accessory, and is traditionally used when displaying Japanese scrolls, or what are more commonly called “hanging scroll weights.” A pair of these small tasseled weights are hung from a scroll’s bottom end-rollers called jiku, which help keep the scroll hang straight, keep it from curling, and control it from moving. Scroll weights are also used to take creases out if the scroll does no have appropriate weight of its own.

Wooden boxes called “kiribako”, made of paulownia tree (“kiri”) are for storing scrolls when they are not displayed. It is not unusual to find these custom made boxes with a special side pocket designed to store scroll weights that were specifically made and coordinated to compliment the scroll on display.

 

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