oriental armor

Etchu-bo menpōHalf mask for samurai armor  DATEEarly to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryARTISTIwai school Iwai Yozaemon was armorer for Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Momoyama period and was appointed official bakufu armorer when he became shōgun. His school has then been active in Nara for many decades, producing two main styles of masks, the oie-bo and the etchū-bo. This second one featured very well defined facial treats and the surface was covered with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks"). In the Meiko Zukan there is a drawing which illustrates...

Scenes from the Heike MonogatariA six-panel folding screen DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 18th centuryMEDIUMInk, color, gofun and gold-leaf on paperDIMENSIONS153 by 316 cm The scene depicts the famous Japanese battle at Ichinotani, featuring the surprise attack by Minamoto forces, led by Yoshitsune, upon the Taira stronghold. On the lower part, the Heike (Taira) leader Tomonori riding out toward his boats, while on the left part Kumagai Naozane is gesturing with his fan toward the seventeen-year-old Taira Atsumori calling out to him: “I see that you are a Commander...

Ko-katchushi tsubaEarly to Mid Muromachi Period (1392-1568) PERIOD15th CenturyMATERIALIron with openwork decoration (sukashi)DIAMETER96 mm, maru-gata with beveled raised rim (takadotemimi)THICKNESSThickness at the seppadai: 3 mm. Thickness at the rim: 6 mm A karabana flower on one side and a kikyo over a  sakura on the other create a well-balanced composition. The delicate subject, careful finish and refined iron indicate a tsuba of high quality.Karabana design had been imported from China and do not resemble any real Japanese flower; this indicates that the decoration is...

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