/June 2018

A set of ceremonial archery equipment for the enthronement ceremony of the Taisho Emperor

Taisho era (1912-1926), circa 1915, unsigned  Bow: 179cm (70,5in)  Arrows: each 67cm (26 3/8in) Quiver: 28cm x 20.5cm x 6.5cm (11in x 8 1/8in x 2,5in) The bow with its set of arrows was prepared for the enthronement ceremonies for the Taisho Emperor in 1915. It belonged to the sculptor Sano Akira, who served as a Taireishi Kotokan (High Ceremonial Officer) at the event. The bow is decorated with imperial paulownia crests and tendrils in gold lacquer. It also has silk wrappings and gilt metal fittings. The set of 15 arrows has lacquered shafts, gilt-metal tips and feather flights. The set is fittet [...]