Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Japanese culture intrigues me. The culture that developed this is fascinating.
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This armour comes from the armoury of Daté Yoshimura (1703–1746), daimyo of Sendai. The helmet bowl, signed Saotome Iye, dates from the sixteenth century; the remainder of the armour was constructed in the eighteenth century. The breastplate is inscribed inside with the armorer’s name, Myochin Munesuke (1688–1735). The embossed ornament on the solid iron plates is characteristic of the Myochin school.
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I collect vintage Australia figures and have been looking for a figure like this for 5 years. Many times from lack of funds I have stopped bidding and really these things come up not more than once a year. They are made of plaster (1920s & 30s) which are then hand painted and are starting to become extremely rare.
This one is a work of art in the painting although unfortunately quite a few chips in the paint. Will have it restored sensitively as it has the years of dust in the crevices and without major damage. Being plaster they are fragile.
A great piece of Australiana, you don’t find them very often in good condition.