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Lot 232: A large karabitsu, circa 1600
24 October 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Large Chinese-style chest as storage case for an o yoroi suit of armour. Decorated in gold lacquer with the hiki and take ni szume mon of the famous commander Date Masamune between scrolling karakusa tendrils on roiro lacquer ground in hiramaki-e. Bronze mounts with remnants of gold-plating and engraved karakusa, laterally two hinged handles. The interior lined with marbled paper and modern holders for the storage of swords and daggers. Base and lid with shrinkage cracks, lacquer partially bumped and improperly repaired. Dimensions 144 x 60 x 64 cm.
Condition Report: II -