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$ 5,600

Antique Japanese Iron Stirrups with Abalone Shell Inlays

Origin Japan
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials iron, abalone shells, lacquer and wood
W. 5.5 in; H. 10 in; D. 11 in;
W. 13.97 cm; H. 25.4 cm; D. 27.94 cm;
Condition Fair. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Antique condition as shown, each has aged stable crackles on the surface, small areas losses of inlays, patina, present beautifully.
Creation Date 17th century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A pair of antique Japanese abumi, horse-riding stirrups for nobles or samurais, in cast iron of Nanban style with Agai (abalone shell) inlay, circa Momoyama to Edo period (16-17th century) . The prototype of Japanese abumi of this "swan" shape became established in Heian period (710-794 AD). The surface of this pair is completely covered with tiny square abalone shell inlays. The small lustrous abalone shells were mosaiced with black squares forming a rather modern appearance and it is striking under the light. This sort of geometrical inlays is not very common and perhaps was inspired by the Portuguese influence upon contact or even made to appear to the foreign market. In the center, there are two thick "Wa" mons in gold lacquer (supreme circle). The interior is lacquered in a vermilion red.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Abstract, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 407772
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