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No 2013024, Antique Japanese Bronze Yatate Inkwell

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Seller: leatherswan (1,623) 100%, Location: Kent, Washington, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 192434382505 I am moving from North America to the Caribbean Islands and I am unable to take all of my beautiful antiques collections with me and therefore I am auctioning this Antique Japanese Bronze Hishaku-gata Yatate. This Antique Japanese Bronze Hishaku-gata Yatate is a fine and stylish antique Japanese Yatate with a long handle to hold quills or brushes with a (sumi tsubo) or hinged inkpot to hold the cotton and ink. I have provided a history of the Yatate below for your knowledge. The word Yatate was a small personal smoking-pipe-shaped writing sets from medieval Japan which provided a carrying box for the ink cotton, and a shaft for a brush This Antique Japanese Bronze Hishaku-gata Yatate is a beautiful, authentic, very old, and hard to locate.This Yatate measures approximately 197mm from the top of Hinge at the top of the Yatate to the bottom of the handle. The Width is approximately 25mm while the depth is 30mm and weighs 174g or 6.137oz.. Please review all photos before bidding. I leave it to you to determine the condition of the item based on the pictures I have provided. The pictures provided are of the exact item you would receive. Currently this item is scheduled for FREE USPS FIRST CLASS shipping. If the successful bidder wishes to change the shipping method, please email me immediately after winning the bid and before payment is made to make the request. Also, if the successful bidder lives in the state of Washington then sales tax will be calculated, please allow me to invoice before payment for Washington state residents only. Good Luck and check out some of other unique and special antiques I am auctioning before I leave for the Caribbean. Thank you Leather Swan.... HISTORY OF THE JAPANESE YATATE (Reference Only) A Yatate (pronounced yah-tah-teh) is a Japanese portable writing set. The Yatate has been around since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). It contains a traditional Japanese bamboo brush and an ink pot filled with cotton which holds liquid sumi ink. Yatate literally means "arrow stand". The Japanese traditional way of writing is with a brush (fude) and ink (sumi). Before the invention of the Yatate, whenever anyone wanted to write or draw in ink, he had to make his own ink by grinding the ink stick in water on the grinding stone (suzuri). This method has been used for many centuries, and is still being used today. Warriors (samurai) often had to write letters and reports from the field, and so carried a small grinding stone in a small drawer at the bottom of their quiver along with the arrows.This grinding stone became known as the "Yatate no suzuri" (arrow stand's grinding stone). Eventually it was simply called "Yatate." It was burdensome to have to pull out the grinding stone, ink stick, and water container every time one needed to write, but in those days before spill-proof containers, carrying liquid sumi ink could lead to disasters, especially on the battle field. Then sometime during the Kamakura era (1185-1333 ) someone came up with the clever idea of saturating a piece of cotton in liquid ink. This could be carried about in a simple container without any worry of spills. A truly portable writing set was finally born. Now, one could quickly dash off a letter by just sliding open the lid and pressing the brush into the cotton. These new writing sets were made in the shape of a folded fan (hiogi-gata) which contained both the ink soaked cotton and brush. Warriors continued to carry these in the quiver with the arrows, so they were also called Yatate just like the grinding stones they replaced. These new writing sets were very convenient, but the ink capacity was rather small in this slim, compact design. As the Yatate grew in popularity, the demand for larger ink containers brought about a change in its shape. By the time the Edo era had arrived (1603-1867) almost all were shaped like a dipper (hishaku-gata) with a tube-like container for the brush, and a hinged ink pot (sumi tsubo). Originally used exclusively by the Samurai, the Yatate became very popular with merchants, scholars, and the common folk.They were no longer carried in military quivers, but were hung from the kimono waist sash (obi). Still, they retained the name yatate, although they were no longer associated with arrows. Although most people hung the yatate from their waist sash (obi) by a cord with an ornamental button (netsuke) which kept the cord from slipping, some people simply tucked the yatate in their obi for quick use. The yatate was a part of daily life. Not only was the yatate an extremely useful invention, it was also a fashionable accessory, and could be seen proudly hanging from waists all over Japan. Since only the samurai were allowed to carry swords, it is said that many men preferred a big heavy yatate in case they needed a handy weapon. Other items often seen hanging from obi included pipe (kiseru) and tobacco holders and small cases (inro) for carrying seals, medicine and small objects. For those who went on journeys, the yatate was an indispensable piece of equipment for sending word to their families that they were safe, and for writing in their travel journals. Many masterpieces of literature from the Edo era owe their existence to the yatate. Traveling artists were able to fill their sketchbooks with on-the-spot drawings thanks to the yatate. Age: 1800-1849, Region of Origin: Japan, Primary Material: Bronze, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original

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