samurai suits of armor

Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)ChigusaSigned: Artist's seal on all printsEditor:Yamada Naosaburo, Unsodo. First edition: 1899Oban yoko-e: 24 x 35,5 cmPainter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in the western world. Sekka came from a samurai family - his father was in service at the imperial palace in Kyoto - and studied art during a very delicate period of Japanese history: the transition between the old feudal system of the Edo period to the modern capitalistic one of the Meiji restoration. It has...

Otagki Rengetsu  (1791-1875), A pair of ceramic sake flasks
Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)A pair of ceramic sake flasks Decorated with autumn and summer poemsHeight: 15 cmPoet, 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 classical verse particularly popular among women during the Edo period. After an unfortunate stage of her life in which both her husbands...

Piccola teiera
Otagaki Regetsu e Kuroda KoryoTeapotOtagaki Rengestu (1791- 1875)Kuroda Koryo (1823-1895) with the artist’s seal5.7 x 12.8 cmLiterature:Poetry and Artwork from a Rustic Hut, Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto, 2014 pag 107The poem is incised by Otagaki Rengetsu (1791- 1875) while the teapot is by Kuroda Koryo (1823-1895) whose seal is impressed on the body of the pot, right to the spout. Made for steeped tea (sencha), the twin handles share the theme of two sprouts with the poem. The textured lid, patterned lid handle and intricately carved rim show Koryou’s unique sensibilities. ...

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