Japanese iron Namban armor Dô , engraved with a decoration probably inspired by a Chinese legend of Taoist origin. It represents a scene featuring Daoist immortals. Two characters, one playing mouth organ (Sheng) while the other holds a flower in his hand, are riding phenix (Hohô). Others are around a table on which antique vessels are arranged. The whole is patinated in two colors and some details are inlaid in gold nunomezogan.
This is a dô made from a French cuirass dating from the nineteenth century.
A very similar model is on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The subject is quite similar but the Phénix (Hôhô) are replaced by a dragon (see photo attached)
Remember that the dragon is the symbol of the emperor and the phoenix of the empress.
Price : on request
13 000 €