展示ゾーン:源=みなもと

豊かな鉄文化の名残り

和銑流線文釜(角谷勇圭作)

個人蔵

明治初期まで全国で盛んに行われた「たたら製鉄」により、刃物をはじめ、鍬などの農具から釜や鍋などの日用品に至るまで、実にさまざまな鉄製品が作られ、鉄は庶民にとって身近な素材でした。
現在、たたら鉄は日本刀だけでなく、神宝や美術的な価値をもつ釜などの材料ともなっています。貴重な鉄による現在の茶釜に、当時の日常生活における豊かな鉄文化の名残りが受け継がれています。


Japanese iron kettle with flowing line design
Created by Yukei Kakutani

Private Collection

Until the beginning of the Meiji Period, “tatara iron-making” was common throughout Japan for use in making everything from blades to everyday goods such as kettles, pots, and farming implements such as hoes, and commoners regularly used ironware in their daily activities.
Nowadays, tatara iron is used not only to create traditional Japanese swords but also religious votive objects and craftwork with high artistic value such as kettles and mirrors. Precious modern-day tea kettles are a vestige of the thriving ironware culture of yesteryear when all manner of everyday implements were made from tatara iron.