Sword travelling-case with grapevine design
Momoyama period, late 16th or early 17th century AD
Daimyō, provincial governors, and other high-ranking samurai carried swords mounted either as katana or tachi types. However, they were not able to wear these long swords when travelling in a palanquin (covered litter), when their swords accompanied them in cases carried by attendants.
This sword case
is made of lacquered wood with gold
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)
, Hakubutsukan shozō Nihon-Ch (Tokyo National Museum, 1987)
L. Smith and V. Harris, Japanese decorative arts from (London, The British Museum Press, 1982)