japonese art

Katakuchi yutōA large Negoro lacquered wood hanging ewer for hot waterMomoyama to early Edo period, 16th-17th centuryDiameter: 50.7 cmInscribed on the flat base in black lacquer Todaiji and illegible date  Provenance:Todaiji Temple, Nara PrefectureTodoroki Takashi (1938-2016), Tokyo Negoro lacquer wares were produced in Negoro-ji, the head temple of the Shinai Shingon sect of Buddhism. During medieval times, Negoro utensils were used in shrines and temples related to Negoro-ji for everyday use and for ritual purposes.  A very important part of enjoying Negoro ware is what...

Momoyama to Edo period, 17th centurySix-panel folding screenInk, colors, gold leaf and gold flakes on paper170 by 379 cm The grapevine is painted heavy with fruit, on a bamboo trellis behind a bamboo fence by small hills and a flowing stream. The dense clouds behind and over the grapevine are depicted using gold leaf, while the land is made with gold flakes over green and the water is painted with lines on the natural paper of the screen’s folds.Although grapes were found in Japan in very early times, it was not until the arrival of Buddhism that they appear in artwork. During the...

An important Bizen samurai sword by the Yoshioka Ichimonji schoolLate Kamakura Period, circa 1320NBTHK Jūyō Tōken Nagasa [length]: 67.3 cmMotohaba [bottom width]: 2.8 cmSakihaba [top width]: 1.9 cmSori [curvature]: 1.6 cmSugata [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, mitsu-mune, tori-zori curvature with chu-kissakiKitae [forging pattern]: itame with prominent hada pattern covered in ji-nie. Distinctive midare utusuriHamon [temper line]: choji and ko-choji midare in bright nioi deki mixed with tobari-baHataraki [...

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