Japanese Textures / Color Schemes / Materials
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Black and red lacquer Gunpai (General’s war fan) Edo period, 19th century The broad paddle mounted on a short handle and decorated in gold and silver hiramakie with a sun and a crescent moon and the characters Tenka taihei (Universal peace), and the heraldic crests of the Tokugawa family in various sizes against a black-lacquer ground on the reverse, the handle lacquered black and decorated with additional Tokugawa crests, gilt-copper hardware carved with scrolling vines on a nanako ground
Thirty two plate russet iron hoshi bachi, o-manju Jikoro, mabisashi supports a kuwagata dai with kuwagata, signed Bishu ju Yamato Yoshitsugu. One of the most exotic lacing patterns is omodaka odoshi, named for the water plantain, the leaves of which the pattern is said to resemble, a large triangle is built up at the center; two layers of white, then at least two more colors with the innermost color “filling up” the triangle. The base color is the surrounding lacing. .
24 ken suji bachi kabuto signed "Masanobu", 18th c, lacquered black and finished in katajiro style with four gilt metal plates radiating out from the three-stage shakudo, copper and gilt Buddhist wheel tehen kanamono and carved on the surface with scrolling vines, the bowl mounted with a wide, manju-style, four-lame shikoro finished with shakudo hardware, gilt-copper kuwagata and a black and gold lacquer oni maedate, russet-iron menpo with wrinkles and mustache.
Armor with the features of a tengu (tengu tōsei gusoku), by Kiyotoshi, Munekiyo, and Ryūsuiken, late Edo period, 1854. The astonishing helmet of this armor represents the head of the menacing creature tengu (karasu tengu) with its characteristic beak, golden eyes, and striking eyebrows. The chest armor and sleeves imitate human muscle structure. Atop the helmet is a small black hat resembling ones worn by mountain warrior-monks (yamabushi), practitioners of Shūgendō.