Japanese bronze Samurai warrior holding his naginata (a pole weapon with a curved blade) and wearing kabuto (a helmet worn by Samurai), his robes richly decorated with gilt details and floral mon (family crest used by daimyō and other senior samurai), on wood lacquered base with foliate scrolls signed in rectangular gilt plaque Miyao Ei 宮尾栄助 (Miyao Eisuke), Meiji period 1868-1912.
The Miyao Company founded by Miyao Eisuke had premises in both Tokyo and Yokohama, produced fine bronzes with a rich brown patina and gilded details. The Company exhibited at the National Industrial Exposition (Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai) in 1881.
Reference: 'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, The Dr. Kanter Collection' by Laura Bordignon, ACC Woodbridge 2010, Metalwork no. 241, 258, 260, 262, 264, 266.
Also see: 'Meiji no Takara 明治の宝 Treasures of Imperial Japan, the Nasser D.Khalili Collection', Metalwork Part II, no. 108.
Samurai size without wood base H 25.5 cm (10.03" in.)
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