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Shūzan 秀山 – Samurai on horseback

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Shūzan 秀山 – Samurai on horseback

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Rare and extraordinary Meiji period (late 19th century) dark patina bronze sculpture depicting a proud Samurai riding his horse.

The exquisite and striking sculpture depicts the horse walking with its front leg raised and head turned to the left guided by the reins, which the Samurai holds in his left hand while, in his right hand, he holds a whip-still original-to simulate bamboo, which can be slipped off.

The Samurai’s expression is firm and energetic, the robes are windswept and finely depicted with relief details.
He wears the typical armor protecting the torso, the Dō (胴) decorated with a dragon in relief and the shoulder straps hooked over the armor protecting the arms and shoulders the Sode (袖).
The robes and petticoats are decorated with the Mon (same nobility) of the lineage to which it appertains.
He also wears Ori-Eboshi-type headgear (折烏帽子). This folded headgear became the standard for the Samurai. For this reason he was also called “samurai-eboshi.” Once folded, the Ori-Eboshi was lacquered so as to retain its shape.

The horse is well-proportioned and the muzzle is well depicted, and the mane is thick and finely etched.

Signed under the belly of the horse Shūzan 秀山.

This is a sculpture from the Meiji period (late 19th century). Significantly more refined and not large-scale bronze works were produced during this period in contrast to the later works of the Showa period (1926-1989).

Origin: Japan

Period: Meiji late 19thcent.

Dimensions: 36 x 35 x 13 cm. Weight: 4.7 g.

Conservation status: Very Good

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