In the Edo period, members of noble families used palanquins as their means of transportation. The design is strictly designated by rank of the family. Especially, lady palanquins of samurai families were highly decorative. A design called “梨子地 Nashikochi”，was the best of all. The lacquer used on the vehicle contains gold and silver glitters.
To make it more gorgeous, unique patterns and family crests are embedded on top. In this exhibition, we will be showing two lady palanquins from the Fukuoka Clan and the Akitsuki Clan.
By seeing the family crest, we can tell Palanquin #1 belonged to the lady of the Fukuoka Clan.
The other one is said to be a palanquin used by the lady of Nagatsugu Kuroda, 9th lord of Akitsuki Clan.
There are not so many lady palanquins left today. These two were fortunately preserved, for they have long been displayed in places such as banquet halls or hotels.
Appreciate the palanquins and have a glimpse of how gorgeously ladies of samurais were living in the past.
Posted by Takamura