23 October 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 74,500
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
A PAIR OF STIRRUPS WITH NANBAN DESIGN
Edo period (17th century)
A pair of iron stirrups with groups of Nanban (Portuguese) and stylized fruiting grape-vines in gold and silver ito-zogan
24.3cm high (2)
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