samurai armor

Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)ChigusaSigned: Artist's seal on all printsEditor:Yamada Naosaburo, Unsodo. First edition: 1899Oban yoko-e: 24 x 35,5 cmPainter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in the western world. Sekka came from a samurai family - his father was in service at the imperial palace in Kyoto - and studied art during a very delicate period of Japanese history: the transition between the old feudal system of the Edo period to the modern capitalistic one of the Meiji restoration. It has...

Suzuribako
School of Ogawa Haritsu (1663-1747)Wooden suzuribako decorated with lacquer, lead, ceramic and raden insertsSigned: Kan saku, with the artist’s seal “Kan”19.5 cm x 23 cm x 4cmThis antique wooden writing box is decorated with an oi, the traditional yamabushi backpack, lying under a maple tree between different flowers. The interior is decorated with another maple tree from which comes out a young deer. Some of the leaves of both the trees are in different materials such as porcelain and raden, giving to the composition a great...

Samurai armor signed Myochin MuneakiOkegawa-do tosei gusokuLate Edo period (1615-1867), 19th centuryThis Japanese armor features a good heavy sujibachi-kabuto made our of 24 riveted plates, adorned with an excellent gilt-wood dragon maedate and fitted with a hon-kozane shikoro (neck protection). The signature inside the helmet reads “Myochin ki Muneaki” and belongs to an armorer from the Myochin school who worked in Himeji (Harima) during the latter part of the Edo period. The kamon (family crest) of the Sakai family, for whose he worked, is printed on the two leather covers of...

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