ancient japanese armour

Tengu no tamago19th centuryWood netsuke. Eyes inlaid in horn  Lenght: 4.2 cmThe hatching tengu levering itself out of a broken egg with both hands while, with one wing, trailing over the shell which is engraved with simulated cracks. The eyes are of pale translucent horn with dark pupils.The Tengu are mythological creatures of ancient japanese tradition identify both as kami (gods) and as yokai (demons). They are usually represented as bird man with a long prominent nose or, as in the case, with a beak.Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include...

MimidaraiEarly Edo period, 17th centuryWooden basin with ear-shaped handles decorated with hiramaki-e lacquer and gold and silver kirigane on a nashi-ji ground32 x 27 x 15 cm  The large and thick antique wooden basin is completely lacquered in nashiji gold, with cranes flying among pines, bamboo and orange trees. The overall design and the gilt metal fittings include also the umebachi family crest, in the variation used by the Maeda clan. The designs on the lacquered surface and on the fittings are both typical of the early part of...

A pair of heishi (Sake Bottle)
HeishiA pair of ritual sake​ bottles DATEEarly Edo period, 17th centuryMEDIUMMaki-e lacquered turned woodHEIGHT40 cmPROVENANCEMatsūra family A pair of antique lacquered ritual sake vessel with urushi-e design of pine trees, turtles, cranes and bamboo, bearing the kamon of the Matsūra family.From the ancient times up until the Heian Period, sake was brewed mainly as an offering to the gods and served in Shinto shrines in unglazed earthenware vessels. From Kamakura period onwards, large size wooden vessels (heishi) became popular and banquets were held for ceremonies and festivals,...

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