Antique Japanese Meiji period ceremonial noh, or theater, mask. Enamel on wood, circa 1860. Cream colored lacquer with a very subtle sprinkling of pure gold flakes. Measures 13 inches high, 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Excellent original condition.
Vintage pair of African tribal pottery heads. Second half of the 20th century. One head has had some old professional repairs. They both measure 9.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep and are mounted on custom wood stands that measure 6 inches square by 3 inches high. Total height of the mounted heads is 12 inches. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 203 488-1919 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
Large antique English brass door knocker with dolphins and figures on custom mahogany stand. Simply the best door knocker we have seen in a long time. The knocker measures 12 x 8 inches, with the top back plate the overall measurement is 15 inches high and 8 inches wide. The custom solid mahogany stand measures 21 inches high with a 10.5 x 10.5 square base. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours of operation and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
Pair of Abumi, saddle stirrups made by “Nakamura Keiken”. The Nakamura family are well known metal artists who also made Tsuba and other Samurai metal works in the Japanese Edo period. This pair of stirrups are both inlaid with pure gold and have Ryusui, a water theme. Natural wear, minor gold loss in some areas. Dating from the 18th-19th century. Each strirup measures 12 inches long x 10 inches high x 5 inches wide. Stirrups like these were used to support the rider’s feet while seated on horseback. During warfare, they allowed mounted samurai to stabilize position and control the horse while firing a weapon or brandishing a sword. Curving up and back in the front, they bring the loop for the leather connecting-strap over the instep, providing superior balance. Only high-ranking samurai could ride horses in the Edo period. Elegantly decorated stirrups were a sign of the owner’s privileged position.
Modern bronze sculpture of an abstract nude figure. Unsigned, mounted on a pyramidal stand. Very fine casting and patina. The graceful, exaggerated form suggests a Martha Graham dancer. The sculpture measures 28 inches high, 18 inches deep and 7 inches wide; the stand is 12 inches high (overall 40 inches).