ACC#551 ‘HIRA YANAGUI EBIRA’ (CEREMONIAL OPEN QUIVER) AND SHEAF OF ARROWS.
This ceremonial open quiver is decorated with black lacquer and ‘hiramaki-e’ lacquer technique on all four sides with paulownia leaves and flowers. The back of the quiver is fitted with a purple dyed doeskin waist belt. The front panel is applied with two gilded soft metal butterflies.
The cords to secure the arrows are a very complicated weave of purple and white silk, the ends of which are attached to elongated, hexagonal crystal decorations and alternated gilded soft metal cranes and butterflies.
The shafts of the arrows are lacquered black with red lacquered whipping, eagle feather fletching, crystal nocks and gilded arrow heads.
This quiver was one of several made for the coronation ceremony of Emperor Hirohito in 1928 by the legendary 19th generation bowmaker family based in Kyoto, Mr. Shibata. There were a number of styles of quiver that were made for the coronation, this one is of the highest quality made for the most senior courtiers and very rare.
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