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Item 2 Wonderful Japanese Buddhist Temple Fusa Tassels
Kiku Knot Style, Hand made.

Often seen hanging at the outdoor entrance of Buddhist temples but seldom acquired.

Silk cord and strands
Age
Probably Miid 1900s
Size
Medium-Large Size
Cord + Tassel length: 10 inches or 25 cm long
Widest Width: 2.75 inches, 7 cm
Weight Each- 3.5 oz, 96 g (7 oz total for the 2)
Condition
Good condition, some light soiling on the knots.
Comment The Japanese fusa tassel is mainly a symbol of good fortune and wealth.

The fusa tassel has it's origins from the Buddhist/Shinto religious symbol of abundant harvest. It is likely a derivation of the Buddhist "mystic knot", which, having no end, symbolizes the infinite wisdom of Buddha.

The fusa has two knot styles, kiku and agemaki.

The fusa for sale here has the kiku knot, named after the kiku (mum) flower, that symbolizes the everlasting cycle of life and it's four seasons. In addition, the knot represents the strength of ever-lasting love between man and woman.

The other kind of knot (not shown) and oldest style is called "agemaki" and resembles a butterfly, was commonly used on traditional samurai armor and dates back over 1000 years. It is said that in ancient Japan people believed that the knot itself is the central point where the will of god resides, and is regarded as an object of eternal faith.

Another use for the fusa tassel was to decorated the helmets of samurai soldiers in ancient times. It was considered a talisman, a good luck charm, hopefully to protect the men from harm during battle.


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