We found these amazing Menuki in our store. Menuki are sword mountings, used as decorative covers for the mekugi, which is the pin that holds the blade into the tsuka (handle). They’re designed so they are quite flat, so that they don’t hamper grip. They are usually in sets of two, one for each side of the handle. Often they are different but in a complementary design, or telling a story. Often the menuki is designed to tell the character of the sword or the person who it was originally designed for.
People collect menuki as they’re so decorative and beautiful. They are often not on the sword they were originally designed for, as they sometimes out-survive the rest of the sword furniture.
By: ALEXANDER CALDER….
* HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to one of my favorite American Sculptors!!
**Amazing photo by: MAX LAMOUR….
Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Suleiman. Istanbul, Turkey. c. 1555-1560. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper.
Wink Space: A Kaleidoscope in a Shipping Container by Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki http://bit.ly/WxRomI