Designs for bases, pitchers, capitals, lecturns, and wall brackets are scattered across the sheet. Most are quickly sketched and elaborate on the theme of scrolling designs.
This sheet contains a variety of quick designs for a variety of decorative objects: brackets and consoles, vases, capital, furniture. There is an interconnectedness in the designs based on tight scrolling features (brackets, handles, volutes in the capital) and how that is applied to different materials and functions.
A large storage jar with round shoulder and shorter neck. The body is rather unevenly potted, showing bumps in some parts. The surface texture is uneven with speckles of white particles. Dark green, natural ash glaze drips on one side of the jar from top of the neck to the lower middle of the body. The rim of the neck is partially chipped and cracked. It has no foot.
The jar was probably made to transport and store tea leaves in response to growing popularity of the tea ceremony among merchants and warriors in the sixteenth century. Naturally glazed and imperfected, unpretentious appearance of Shigaraki wares were suited to the tea aesthetic of "wabi-sabi" (genteel frugality and rustiness), the ideal which rooted in Zen Buddhism.
This small, flat metal piece has a quartrefoil shape. Two holes in the middle. Flame-like incision all over the piece. Silver is applied around the center hole.
Tsuba (sword guard) is inserted between a sword handle and blade to protect hands from sharp blades. The center hole is where the sword is placed. The smaller hole is to insert kozuka, an ornamental stick. This particlar tsuba has incised, overall frame design.