lacquer armor

Koboshi Kabuto (samurai helmet) with riveted platesEarly Edo period (1615-1867)Haruta School, 17th centuryA 58-plate koboshi-bachi [helmet bowl with small standing rivets] of typical tenkokuzan form, with 30 pointed rivets on each plate decreasing in size towards the top, with the exception of the larger front plate, with three lines of rivets, for a total of 1,440 rivets.The tenkokuzan shape of this bachi, lower in the center and slightly higher on the back, is somehow more round than usual, referring the the akoda nari line from the...

Katakuchi yutōA large Negoro lacquered wood hanging ewer for hot waterMomoyama to early Edo period, 16th-17th centuryDiameter: 50.7 cmInscribed on the flat base in black lacquer Todaiji and illegible date  Provenance:Todaiji Temple, Nara PrefectureTodoroki Takashi (1938-2016), Tokyo Negoro lacquer wares were produced in Negoro-ji, the head temple of the Shinai 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.  A very important part of enjoying Negoro ware is what...

A three-case inrō, 19th century Signed: Jōkasai
A three-case inrō, 19th centurySigned: JōkasaiHeight: 7.3 cmGold takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, hirame, aogai and metal inlays. Interiors in nashiji. With a large shell from the kai-awase matching game, simulating with various lacquer techniques a painted landscape with a swallow inlaid in shakudo above a river, with pine branches entwined by wisteria. The reverse with another shell seen from the outside. The background decorated with horizontal bands of geometrical diaper patterns on each compartment with different techniques and the rare use of red and green lacquer.Painted shells can be...

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