samurai kabuto

Kamisaka Sekka (1866 - 1942)Late 19th-first half of the 20th centuryPainting with fan, Moon and Plume GrassFan-leaf mounted as a kakejiku (hanging scroll), ink, colors, and gold wash on paper, depicting a stand of susuki (plume grass) against the moon, ivory jikuSigned: Sekka 雪佳 with seal Seisei 青々Mounting: 143.5 x 68.8 cm Painting: 53 x 17.4 cm Provenance:Patricia Milne-Henderson CollectionHosomi Museum, KyotoLitterature:Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master - Pioneer of Moder Design,  Kyoto 2003, p.117 n. 48Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important...

Incense burner with inscribed poem by Otagaki Rengetsu  (1791-1875)
Koro, incense container Otagaki Rengetsu  (1791-1875)Ceramic, 9.5 x 8 cm. Wooden cover. The poem reads:ここを瀬ときそひわたりし武士の名にながれたるうぢの川水Here in the shallowswarriors vied to crosstheir names carriedto fame and oblivionon the waters of Uji River.Poet, calligrapher, painter and potter, Otagaki Rengetsu was a Japanese Buddhist nun and one of the few prominent Japanese female artists. Daughter of unknown parents, she was adopted by a samurai family and spent her childhood at Kameoka Castle as a courtesan until the age of 16; during her stay, Otagaki excelled in waka poetry, a Japanese...

samurai iron mask for armor  Kaga Myochin school
Ryūbu menpōHalf mask for samurai armor with “noble” expressionKaga Myōchin school, early Edo Period (1615-1867)17th centuryRemovable nose and horsehair application; the surface finished with a file-marks pattern (yasurime).This large menpo shows all the main features of the masks produced in the Kaga area by the various schools of armorers that were active there. The triangular jaw delimited by prominent semicircular embossed parts, the wide oval mouth without teeth and the surface with parallel lines engraved one by one (yasurime) are in fact all recurring elements of...

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