antique japanese lacquer

Gunbai Uchiwa
Gunbai UchiwaWar fanEdo period, 19th century Wood with maki-e lacquer decorationsLength: 53,5 cmThe various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the battered field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.This gunbai is rather unusual among the common shapes. The straight lines and the absence of wide maki-e areas give in fact a sort of severe aspect, while the grain wood and the finely lacquered borders indicate the...

Inro by Kajikawa BunryusaiMantis and dragonflyFour-case Inro19th centurySigned: BunryusaiTakamaki-e lacquer with mother-of-pearl and coral inserts; nashiji groundOn one side is represented a green-lacquer mantis surrounded by a plant of hyotan (pumpkin) whose fruits are realized in inlaid coral. On the other side, a dragonfly flies between the branches of the same plant.The name Kajikawa Bunryusai comes from the third master of the Kajikawa family who worked for the shogunate in the late 17th century. Inro so signed are normally the work of one or more...

KatanakakeSword standWood and urushi lacquer Edo period (1615 - 1867)56.5 by 36.5 by 19 cm This wooden sword stand is decorated with a fine design representing spirals, also shows an openwork decoration with the same subject. Sku:acc-1253    

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