This object is one of a collection of Japanese domestic utensils, agricultural implements and tools were acquired by the Museum in 1892.
Many of the tools in this collection are pre-Meiji era (1868-1912). When Japan reopened its doors to the outside world in the middle of the 19th century, it was stagnating under a feudal system, which had divided society into four distinct castes: warriors, farmers, artisans and tradesman. At this time, Japan was an agrarian state. Approximately 80% of the po...
Shears, steel, maker unknown, Japan, 1875-1892
A single piece of steel which has been bent into a hairpin U shape. Both ends of the steel have been flattened and ground to form two blades which pass over one another when pressure is applied to the sides.