samurai yoroi

Folding screen with blue and white kikyoA six-panel folding screen ARTISTKamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)DATECirca 1920MEDIUMInk, color, and gold leaf on paperDIMENSIONS39.5 by 248 cmSIGNATURESekka with round seal Seisei A six-panel screen depicting stalks of blue, dark blue and white kikyo (Chinese bellflower) growing from behind bamboo fences, some leaves depicted with the tarashikomi technique. The bamboo fences and some flowers' details are in gold.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artist who brought the traditional aesthetic in...

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...

Tanto in koshirae Shishinto, 19th century, attributed to Kanzan
Tanto in koshiraeShinshinto, 19th centuryNagasa [length]: 24.8 cmMotohaba: 2.9 cm,Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itameHamon [tempering pattern]: midare and choji midareBōshi [point]: ko-maruku; kaeruHorimono: suken on omote and goma-ashi on uraNakago [tang]: ubu, sujikai; one mekugi-ana.Inscribed on both sides and on the back:Attributed by Kanzan sensei to Bizen Osafune Yokoyama SukekaneGifted on 31/01/1972 for the birthday to Toshio from his grandfather AkioEngraved by Living National Treasure Gassan SadakazuKoshirae: the tantō comes with a good Higo koshirae. The...

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