Identifying a Tassel?

April 4, 2022

A decorative tassel.This was a gift to my mother from my aunt, but not sure what it is or what it is for? Does anybody know anything about this?


A decorative tassel.


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April 4, 20220 found this helpful

It is a decorative piece. Several of my Asian students gave them to me as gifts.

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April 5, 20220 found this helpful

Thank you!

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April 10, 20220 found this helpful

It is Japanese Hanging Scroll Weights Tassel
For example the price of Kutani Japanese Hanging Porcelain Scroll Weights Red & White + Purple Tassels is $30

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April 11, 20220 found this helpful

This is a Japanese Fuchin Porcelain Hanging Scroll Weight Tassel
I found identical tassels:


If you want to know the price, then there is a free trial period.
The tassels have sticking black ceramic beads with gold accents.
"Fuchin is a weight put on the tip of a roller of kakejiku (hanging scroll). It is used to prevent swinging of kakejiku in a literal sense as well as 'to quell wind' and it has a strong sense of ornament. Tassels are put through a hollow ceramic, then those are put on both ends of the roller"

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April 11, 20220 found this helpful

This is a Japanese Fuchin Porcelain Weight Tassel and was originally used to add weight on each end of a hanging scroll to keep the scroll balanced and keep it still when the wind was blowing (houses were usually very open so fresh air could blow through the house).


If used in the original mode, there would always be two tassels so most likely your aunt did not know what this was either but just thought it was a pretty decoration.
Of course, you can always use the one as a hanging decoration.
As to value, it would be difficult to place a value on a single tassel.

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May 5, 20220 found this helpful

I attach tassels to skeleton keys that I leave in the keyholes of my lockable china cabinets so if they fall to the floor we can find them and not sweep the keys away by mistake.

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