Condition: Excellent

Pair of Antique Japanese Kutani (Fuchin) Scroll Weights with Silk Tassels | Wave Motif Hanging Scroll Weight | 1900-1940

This is a pair of porcelain Kutani scroll weights in a bulbus shape in the standard Kutani red and green finish. Each measure 1-5/8” long x 1-3/8” diameter. The total dimension including the Orange Silk tassel, is 10-0” in 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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