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Namban armor Dô
Namban armor Dô - Asian Art & Antiques Style Namban armor Dô - Namban armor Dô -
Ref : 69611
13 000 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
Japan
Medium :
Iron
Dimensions :
l. 14.57 inch X H. 15.75 inch X P. 7.87 inch
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Namban armor Dô

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.

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