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$ 6,800

Antique Japanese Iron Stirrups with Silver Inlay

Origin Japan
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials Iron with silver inlay
Dimensions
W. 11 in; H. 9 in; D. 5.5 in;
W. 27.94 cm; H. 22.86 cm; D. 13.97 cm;
Condition Fair. Antique condition as described, heavy patina all through, significant wear on the bottom due to the age and contact, historical repairs evident as well, all as shown.
Creation Date 16th century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A pair of antique Japanese Abumis, stirrup for horse-riding, in cast iron with elaborate silver inlay, circa 16th century Muramachi to Momoyama period. The prototype of Japanese abumi of this "swan" shape became established in Heian period (710-794 AD). This pair features silver very detailed inlay design of vines and grapes among the linear cloud pattern. While grapes were recorded in Japan as early as the 8th century, it wasn't until 16th century that they became widely consumed as well as being used for wine-making under the influence of Portuguese. This particular and uncommon design may correlate with their age. Unlike some ceremonial pieces used by Samurai in later periods Edo and Meiji, the patina and wear on these pair indicate a history of heavy use. There are historical iron patches present inside the soles to cover the holes as well as holes that were left un-repaired. Furthermore, on the stems of both pieces, Kanji inscriptions are found but could not be clearly discerned due to the age and wear. They appear to read as "a certain year and for a certain government bureau". Wonderful historical piece for serious Japanese art collector.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 325069
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