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A rare letter box (fubako) decorated with playing cards
A rare letter box (fubako) decorated with playing cardsEarly Edo period, 17th century21.5 x 7 x 4 cmThe antique rectangular box and cover decorated in gold and silver takamaki-e [high relief lacquer] on a nashiji ground with scattered Unsun Karuta [Japanese playing cards in Portuguese style] depicting various designs in Nanban style.The antique Portuguese 48-card deck arrived in Japan in the mid-16th century, supposedly brought by Francis Xavier. It had 4 suits - cups, swords, coins, and clubs - said to represent the four classes of medieval Europe: priests, knights, merchants, and peasants....

Shikishi con iris
Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)Shikishi with irisPigments on silkWith sign and seal used by the artist from 1925 to 194024 x 27 cmIn this shikishi is represented a beautiful deep blue iris. In Japan, the iris is the flower linked to men because the shape of this flower’s leaves recalls a sword. Sekka excelled in the small size works in which the different subjects are represented in full size.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...

Koboshi kabutoA russet iron samurai helmet with small standing rivets ARMORERSaotome IetsuguDATEMid Edo period, 18th centurySIGNATURESaotome Ietsugu A russet iron (tetsu sabiji) sixty-two plate kabuto, each mounted with twenty-five small tapered standing rivets (ko-boshi) of decreasing size. The front plate, larger than the others, is fitted with two lines of rivets, while the rear one is left empty, for a total of 1.550 rivets.The typical “Saotome-byo” is visible under this lining: an extra rivet which is almost an additional signature of the Saotome armorers.The five-...

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