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Suzuribako
School of Ogawa Haritsu (1663-1747)Wooden suzuribako decorated with lacquer, lead, ceramic and raden insertsSigned: Kan saku, with the artist’s seal “Kan”19.5 cm x 23 cm x 4cmThis antique wooden writing box is decorated with an oi, the traditional yamabushi backpack, lying under a maple tree between different flowers. The interior is decorated with another maple tree from which comes out a young deer. Some of the leaves of both the trees are in different materials such as porcelain and raden, giving to the composition a great...

SaihaiCommander batonMid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with silvered-copper mounts and paperLenght: 36.5 cm Born as a tool to control the troops, the saihai changed his function during the Edo period and became an accessory to wear with the armor as a symbol of power. 
The saihai's final can be in different materials; sometimes is applied directly to the stick, while some other time it hangs to a small rope, like in tn this case. The baton is fitted sith silvered applications on which a tahaka kamon (family crest), representing two crossed hawk feathers, indicate an important...

Wood netsuke of a Dutchman19th centuryHeight: 8.5 cmNetsuke with a standing figure of a Dutchman in a curly wig, his mouth open, bending forward at the waist, a tasseled, trumpet-mouthed musical instrument in his right hand, his left hand behind his back supporting a small Chinese child (karako) which climbs on his right shoulder.The theme of foreigners, known during the Edo period as ijin or "different people”that indicates all the “non-Japanese", came from the strict rules intended by the Tokugawa shogun about the relationship between the archipelago and the...

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