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Shikishi with tiger lilyPigments on silk on golden groundWith artist’s signature and seal21 x 18 cmIn this painting the lily entirely covers the small rectangular space forming a balanced and harmonious composition despite the almost total absence of empty spaces. A virtually identical work, but with the flower in a different position, is preserved at the Hosomi Museum in Kyoto.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...

 Edo period, ca. 1770Signature: Myōchin Minbu Ki no Munesada kore o tsukuru明珎民部紀宗定造之Provenance:A. P. Arman CollectionLiterature:IIda K., Katchū-men Momonofu no Kasō (Tōken shunjū shinbunsha: Tōkyō, 1991), Cat. 44Armures japonaises dans la collection Arman, Paris, Salon International des Musées et des Expositions, 1992Charbonnier, J.-C., Casques, Masques et Armures des Seigneurs de l'ancien Japon (Toriilinks: Paris, 2003). Pag. 116 This samurai mask is made of heavy iron, which is expertly forged and crafted. The lines are pronounced, and the openwork decorations on the ears and...

Signed Nomura Masahide (野村 正 英) with kaoEdo period, 18th-19th centuryMarugata: 7.49 x 7.3 cmThickness: 4.3 mmNBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu The Nomura school was founded by Kozaemon Masatoki, who studied with Gotō school artists and maintained their stylistic features, producing works in shakudo nanako with subjects in takabori. Due to this resemblance some sources refer to the Nomura school as "Awa-Gotō". The school's production originally included all kinds of sword fittings with the exception of tsuba, which begun to be made only in the second part of the Edo period....

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