As we unpack and condition check the numerous objects featured in Lords of the Samurai, one of our many small pleasures is spotting the ubiquitious nine-planet Hosokowa family crest. Can you spot a crest among the rolled paintings pictured below?
The painting approximately four from the left has a dramatic and visible family crest incorporated into the end knobs. Less visible is the painting on the far right, which features two embossed gold-on-gold crests.
A number of the other paintings shown also feature this distinct mark of family pride, although in different ways . One common use of the crest is in the fabrics used to mount the painting as scrolls. The nine-planet crest is woven into these fabrics using bright gold threads against a colored ground, usually of dark blue or a serene white.
Other paintings, particularly the hand scrolls, include the design in the actual painted image. Besides paintings, we have also spotted the crest on sword mounts, lacquer wares, ceramics, armor, and more.
When you visit the exhibition, be sure to see how many cleverly incorporated nine-planet crests you can find.
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