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.
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.
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