A Manuscript Scroll of Feathers
Ca. Edo period [mid to late 18th century]
A hand-painted scroll of different types of feather used in traditional Japanese arrow-making. An illustration of a falcon appears at the beginning of the scroll, and 74 types of feather follow, hand-painted in black ink. The feathers, which feature stripes, dots, and, in one place, even small human faces, would have been used ...