lacquered leather armor

SuzuribakoMomoyama period (1575-1615)19 by 9.5 cm; 5 cm highThe rectangular box and cover with inner tray decorated in gold maki-e on a black ground with a pattern of melons against a lattice fence.The design of lattice fence is typical from the Momoyama period and is generally associated with autumn plants. The combination of techniques used to apply the design include gold hiramaki-e (flat sprinkle picture), e-nashiji (reddish “pear-skin” speckled surface used in specific areas) and harigaki (fine needle drawing on a dense gold ground)....

Shodana
ShodanaLate Edo period (1615-1867)Hiramaki-e, takamaki-e and gold kirikane.92 x 76 x 31 cmProvenance:Kyoto, Arashiyama MuseumLiterature:Tetsu to urushi no geijutsu - Kyôto Arashiyama Bijutsukan zôhinshû, Kyôto, 1986, pag. 70The construction of this antique shodana is somehow different and richer than the traditional Japanese model: even if in fact there are the fundamental elements, which are a lower compartment closed by two sliding doors and three intermediate shelves, in this piece, there are many other closed parts, including two drawers. More, there are several...

Samurai armor signed Myochin MuneakiOkegawa-do tosei gusokuLate Edo period (1615-1867), 19th centuryThis Japanese armor features a good heavy sujibachi-kabuto made our of 24 riveted plates, adorned with an excellent gilt-wood dragon maedate and fitted with a hon-kozane shikoro (neck protection). The signature inside the helmet reads “Myochin ki Muneaki” and belongs to an armorer from the Myochin school who worked in Himeji (Harima) during the latter part of the Edo period. The kamon (family crest) of the Sakai family, for whose he worked, is printed on the two leather covers of...

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