16 June 1999
A HOSHI BACHI KABUTO
Signed Masuda Miochin Osumi no Kami Ki no Munemasa, Edo Period (18th Century)
The low rounded twenty-four plate russet iron bowl with large standing rivets, simply mounted with a five stage mixed metal tehen kanamono and copper kasa jirushi no kan, mon and hasso byo, the komonju jikoro of iron leather covered and lacquered a dull reddish brown laced with doeskin in sugake style, together with a lacquered wood oni mayedate, associated
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