traditional samurai costume

Otagaki Rengestu and Wada GozanWinter landscapePainting by Wada Gozan (1800-1870)Poem by Otagaki Rengestu (1791 - 1875)Ink on paper 99,5 x 30 cm The poem reads: But for the footprintsof a fox who howledthrough the nightthere are no shadowsa snowy mountain village. This artwork and words combine to transport us in this quiet winter scene of a mountain village.The painting style is delicate and refined. Of particular beauty are the firs, the only element that contrasts with the white snow, that dominate the scene from above; They are used with a technique that involves the...

SaihaiCommander baton Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with golden-copper mounts and horsehairLenght: 56 cmBorn as a tool to control the troops, the saihai changed his function during the Edo period and became an accessory to wear with the armor as a symbol of power.The saihai ‘s final can be in different materials; sometimes is applied directly to the stick, some others hung with a small rope. In this case it is decorated with hair, attached directly to the stick. The ends of the stick are decorated with golden fittings carrying two kamon (family crests)...

Nanga waterfallOkuhara Seiko (1837-1913)Ink on silkPainting: 135.5 x 35 cmMounts: 188 x 58The hanging scroll shows a literati landscape in the nanga manner, with a long inscription and signed with three seals. The scene is dominated by a steep mountain, on which a waterfall is pouring. The style is quite naturalistic and impressionistic. The technique used by the artist to represent the climbing vegetation and splashing waterfall is small dark spots that create the illusion of depth and dynamism. Color inks are added to the black one and create red and bluish shades that underline...

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