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Edo Period Iron Stirrups - FZ.400
Origin: Japan
Circa: 1603 AD to 1867 AD
Dimensions: 9.75" (24.8cm) high x 5" (12.7cm) wide
Collection: Asian
Medium: Iron


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The Edo Period, the final period of traditional Japan lasting from 1603 until 1867, was a time of internal peace, political stability, and economic growth. The Shogunate, a military dictatorship that effectively ruled the land, was established by Tokugawa. Although Edo was the Imperial and spiritual capital of Japan, Edo (now called Tokyo) became the political, administrative, and military center and grew into the largest metropolis in the world, perhaps nearly twice the size of Paris and London. The arts flourished during the Edo period and much of the history of the era and the city can be traced through the woodcuts of artists such as Hiroshige. Japan opened up to the west and expanded its economic horizon to the point that, by the end of the Edo period, merchants had become more powerful than Samurais.

A cloud of quiet calm hangs over the dense forest. A far off bird and the rustling of a small creature are the only noises that disturb the peace. That is, until a distant rumbling begins approaching: the sound of horses galloping through the wooded trails. Soon the sound grows louder and louder as they get closer and closer. Then through the foliage appear a band of Samurais, the fabled Japanese warriors and the keepers of peace. Splendidly outfitted with armor and weapons crafted by the finest artisans, no detail has been overlooked, not even the stirrups on the horses they ride. Such a beautiful pair of Iron stirrups was undoubtedly the prized possession of a Samurai of tremendous stature. Elegant decorations of foliage and geometric motifs adorn the exterior. The shape of the stirrup itself recalls some exotic fruit or plants. While gazing upon these magnificent relics of pre-industrial Japan, one call still hear the distant echo of horses cantering through the woods.
- (FZ.400)

 

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