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Antique Japanese Lacqeured Chopsticks, Toyotomi Hideyori

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1700: Item # 1338039

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A Pair of antique Kodaiji Maki-e Chopsticks in black lacquer bearing the crest of the Toyotomi clan and the Imperial chrysanthemum with solid silver tips. One end of one has been repaired with powdered silver lacquer. The silver tips would have been to warn the person eating of poison, as it was believed pure mteals like silver, gold and pewter, would somehow change in the presence of poisons. The utensils are 12 inches (29.5 m) long, the silver tips extending 3 inches (7.5 cm) up the shafts. They come in an ancient red-lacquered wooden box, wrapped in handmade paper upon which is written Hideyori-Ko. This would indicate Toyotomi Hideyori, the son of the great general killed in the Osaka no Jin Battle in 1616, and whose death ushered in the Edo period.