antique japanese lacquer

Urushi lacquer on panel, 52 x 34,5 cmTakamaki-eSignature: TomizoTomizo Saratani was born in Kyoto and has spent his life working on traditional Japanese lacquer (urushi). After his studies under various teachers, in 1975 he moved to Vienna as an instructor and restorer for the MAK - the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts - where he supervised the restorations of lacquered furniture in Austrian public collections for eight years. He then worked as Japanese lacquer restorer and netsuke artist in London, Chicago and his hometown in Hokkaido and in 2003 he decided to dedicate himself...

Japanese armor with byakudan lacquer PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century EXHIBITIONS: Kimono e Samurai. Il gesto. L'eleganza. Lo spirito, Fondazione Herman Geiger (Cecina) Samurai - Passato e presente, Novara 2012LITERATURE A. Schiavetti (a cura di), Kimono e Samurai. Il gesto. L'eleganza. Lo spirito, Cecina, 2013, p. 20 G. Piva - S. Verrina,Samurai - Passato e presente, cat. A1, Novara 201Japanese armor with byakudan lacquerThis Japanese armor features a rare byakudan lacquering, an expensive...

Samurai armor with a stylised torso designEarly to mid Edo period, 18th century The unique construction of this armor is made to resemble the nude torso of a Buddhist guardian deity, Niō. In fact, the front section is composed by six shaped plates, not including the top one, that outline the design of breast muscles. This kind of design, in a very naturalistic render rather than stylized as in this case, was popular among samurai since the Momoyama period and some famous suits of armor are embossed as a nude torso.The helmet is a Haruta school 50 plates sujibachi kabuto, lacquered with a...

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