The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1493627 (stock #K126)
The Kura
$2,950.00
A set of 4 exquisite lacquered wooden boxes with trays decorated with Tsuba (sword guards) in gold on a jet black mirror surface dating from the early 20th century enclosed in a four tier black lacquered wooden box. Inside is silver Nashiji with scattered cherry blossoms. The trays feature solid silver rims and are signed Ryoshin. Each box is 13.5 x 10.5 x 5.7 cm (5-1/4 x 4 x 2 inches) and each tray is 17.6 x 14.6 x 1.7 cm and all are in overall fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1487183
The Kura
sold, thank you
A stunning large Menuki in the form of a writhing dragon of gilt copper dating from the 19th century, It is 7.5 cm (3 inches) long and in perfect condition, retaining both the original studs on back unused. The Year of the Dragon is coming up!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1487186
The Kura
sold, thank you
An Edo period coat (haubergeon) and “kote” (mitons) of linked chain over layers of indigo dyed blue cloth decorated with family crests in gold. The chain, Kikko collar, outer layers of cloth and leather piping are all in overall excellent condition, the original pale blue lining is much worn away. This is made for an adult.
In Japan, mail is called kusari which means chain. When the word kusari is used in conjunction with an armored item it usually means that mail makes up the majority of the armor composition. Kusari jackets, hoods, gloves, vests, shin guards, shoulder guards, thigh guards, and other armored clothing were produced, even kusari socks. Kusari gusoku or chain armor was commonly used during the Edo period 1603 to 1868 as a stand-alone defense. According to George Cameron Stone: Entire suits of mail kusari gusoku were worn on occasions, sometimes under the ordinary clothing. In his book Arms and Armor of the Samurai: The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan, Ian Bottomley shows a picture of a kusari armor and mentions kusari katabira (chain jackets) with detachable arms being worn by samurai police officials during the Edo period. The end of the samurai era in the 1860s, along with the 1876 ban on wearing swords in public, marked the end of any practical use for mail and other armor in Japan. Japan turned to a conscription army and uniforms replaced armor.