antique japanese lacquer

Samurai armor in Sendai styleKabuto signed: Myochin Ujiie saku and dated August 1527 PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th centurySIGNATUREMyochin Ujiie saku EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A3, Novara 2012 The helmet (kabuto) of this excellent samurai armor incorporates on an older bowl (bachi) signed by Myochin Ujiie, an armorer documented in the official Myochin genealogies as second son and pupil of the famous Smith Nobuie. Among the typical...

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...

Marubon, a large negoro lacquer tray17th century45.5 x3 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 and when we look at it we certainly enjoy the...

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