antique japanese lacquer

Samurai armor with byakudan finish, mogami-do tosei gusoku
Samurai armor from the Hirano clan PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th century  EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A2, Novara 2012 This Japanese armor of tosei gusoku type brings the coat of arms (kamon) with fish scale (uruko) design used by the Hirano clan, daimyō of Tawaramoto in Yamato province. The twelve-plates kabuto (helmet) of "pumpkin" shape (akoda-nari) is typical of this region, richly decorated with...

MarubonAntique Negoro lacquer tray with a lobed motif on the back Late 14th centuryDiameter: 23 cm Antique Negoro lacquer wares were produced in Negoro-ji, the head temple of the Shingi Shingon sect of Buddhism. During medieval times, Negoro utensils were used in shrines and temples related to Negoro-ji for everyday use and for ritual purposes. The cinnabar red layers of lacquer on these wares are intended to gradually wear away with use, revealing the black lacquer underneath. A very important part of enjoying such an item is in fact what Japanese call “wabi” aesthetic...

Ko-Shoami tsuba with four rectangles
Ko-Shoami tsuba with four rectanglesIron, ji-sukashiMarugata, diameter: 8 cm; thickness 4.5 mm Certification: the tsuba comes with a hozon tosogu certificate issued by the NBTHK. The tsuba shows a unique yet simple and strong design. The patina is excellent and still bears the original lacquer finish on one side.The artistic work of Shoami sukashi openwork decoration lays somewhere between Kyo-sukashi and the Owari schools, being bolder than Kyo but more delicate than Owari. Shoami tsuba employ symmetry with abundant movement. The designs, as in this case, are unique. Like Kyo-...

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