Japanese bronze Samurai warrior signed Miyao Meiji period

Japanese bronze Samurai warrior signed Miyao Meiji period

Code: 10168


W: 14cm (5.5")H: 31cm (12.2")D: 11cm (4.3")


Japanese bronze figure of the Samurai Yoshitsune standing holding a naginata (a pole weapon with a curved blade) his kabuto (helmet) slung over his shoulders, the gilt details mon (heraldic crest) finely worked on grounds of rich brown patination, signed in a rectangular gilt plaque Miyao Ei 宮尾栄助 (Miyao Eisuke), the wood lacquered base with ho-o and foliate scrolls, Meiji period 1868-1912.

Minamoto no Yoshitsune 源 義経 (1159-1189) was the most famous Samurai warrior in the history of Japan. He was the general of the Minamoto clan and became a legend because of his bravery and benevolence.

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.

Size without wood base H 25.5 cm (10.03" in.)

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