lacquer armor

Suzuribako cavalli
SuzuribakoWriting box with horsesGold lacquer in nashi-ji  with  golden, copper and lead inserts 22 x 24 x 5 cm19th centuryGolden lacquered writing box decorated with a Japanese landscape representing three horses under a maple tree, at the foot of a mountain.The interior is decorated with storks, some in flight and one resting while the whole scene is dominated by a huge full moon. One of the storks is entirely made of gilded bronze and embossed. The weather dropper, which is also in gilded bronze, has the elegant form of a tied love letter. ...

Sogonari kabuto
Sogonari kabutoSamurai helmet shaped as a human headEarly Edo Period (1615 - 1867) Three-plates kawari kabuto covered with tawny hair to resemble a human head.Samurai helmets with this shape are not unusual, but a feature worth noting on this kabuto is that the hair covers the whole helmet, including the visor (mabizashi), while the front side of these samurai helmets is usually lacquered. Notable exceptions with the same surface treatment are two well-known kabuto: one from the armor that Hideyoshi presented to Date Masamune (now in the Sendai City Museum) and...

Shodana
ShodanaLate Edo period (1615-1867)Hiramaki-e, takamaki-e and gold kirikane.92 x 76 x 31 cmProvenance:Kyoto, Arashiyama MuseumLiterature:Tetsu to urushi no geijutsu - Kyôto Arashiyama Bijutsukan zôhinshû, Kyôto, 1986, pag. 70The construction of this antique shodana is somehow different and richer than the traditional Japanese model: even if in fact there are the fundamental elements, which are a lower compartment closed by two sliding doors and three intermediate shelves, in this piece, there are many other closed parts, including two drawers. More, there are several...

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