Menuki koi fish copper



Fantastic, big and very rare pair of menukis of koi fish. Although koi carp are an intrinsic part of Japanese folklore and highly valued in the culture, ironically they are very rare in decorative objects such as tsubas, menukis, netsukes, inros, etc. so objects containing these fish are extremely sought after and coveted by collectors. . Edo Period.
Menukis: 6 x 2 cm
Suitable for Katana, Tanto and Wakizashi.
What is a menuki?

A menuki is a small, decorative ornament mounted on the handle (tsuka) of a Japanese sword, such as a katana, wakizashi, or tanto. These ornaments are typically positioned underneath the wrapping (tsukamaki) of the handle and serve both functional and aesthetic purposes.Functionally, menuki provide additional grip and stability to the sword by filling the space between the handle core and the wrapping, helping to prevent the wrapping from shifting during use. This contributes to the overall comfort and control of the sword for the wielder.

Aesthetically, menuki are crafted with intricate designs and motifs, often reflecting themes from nature, mythology, or Japanese culture. They can be made from various materials, including metal (such as copper, brass, or silver), ivory, or other materials. Menuki are considered an integral part of the sword’s decoration and are often matched with other fittings like the tsuba (handguard) and fuchi-kashira (collar and pommel).

Menuki play a significant role in the overall aesthetic appeal of Japanese swords and are appreciated for their craftsmanship, detail, and symbolic meaning. They are also important for identifying the style and provenance of a particular sword or swordsmith.