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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:35 am    Post subject: Musashi's Monkey Origane Reply with quote
Yes, that's origane, not origami.

For all who are interested in that kind of thing, I have put up a couple of blog posts about Miyamoto Musashi's origane (part of the koshirae or sword furniture) on the theme of enkou sokugetsu - monkey reaching for the moon.


Anyone who has read Victor Harris's translation of Gorin no Sho may have noticed the rather ambiguous photographs he included of this item. I have been looking for some clarification for some time, and finally found a side view photo, which gives a much better idea of what it looks like. And there are some nice pictures of monkeys (actually gibbons mostly) as well.

Graculus
http://ichijoji.blogspot.com/2011/08/musashis-monkey-design-part-2.html
http://ichijoji.blogspot.com/2011/07/musashis-monkey-design-part-1.html
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