samurai yoroi

Leather samurai armor, mid Edo period  (1615-1867)
Nerikawa Tosei gusokuLeather samurai armor PERIODLate Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The armor is entirely made of lacquered nerikawa(leather) except for the iron kote. Nerikawa has always been used when building samurai armor in order to diminish its weight, but it is only during the second half of the Edo period that we find full suits made only with this material. Even the helmet, a very nice momonari kabuto decorated with a slander maedate shaped as three bamboo leaves, is made with leather.Both sode are decorated with a large figure of a flying bat. Its...

Cherry blossom at Mount YoshinoA pair of six-panel folding screens DATEEarly Edo period (1615-1868)MEDIUMInk, color and gold leaf on paperDIMENSIONSEach: 172 by 377 cm  Mount Yoshino (Yoshino-yama), close to the former capital Nara, has been Japan's most famous cherry blossom viewing spot for many centuries. It is said that the first trees were planted along its slopes more than 1300 years ago, and today the mountain is covered by approximately 30,000 cherry trees of many different varieties, especially of the Yamazakura variety.The scenes on this pair of screens...

Sekka chawan
ChawanTea Bowl​ CERAMICKiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959)DECORATIONKamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)DATEEarly 20th centuryMEDIUMCeramicDIMENSIONSHeight: 7 cm; diameter: 9.6 cmPRICE€ 6,000 A ceramic tea bowl decorated with autumn grasses with signed and sealed tomobako.Painter 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...

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