A LARGE YOSHIMITSU SAMURAI WARRIOR BRONZE
Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The fighter holding a long spear pointed towards the ground, wearing full armor and a tanto stuck into his belt. Incredibly fine detail both neatly incised and forged in high relief. Good natural patina. Signed Yoshimitsu on a raised, oval reserve near the left knee.
HEIGHT 30 cm
WEIGHT 3.4 kilograms
Provenance: Austrian private collection.
Condition: The statue is in excellent condition with only minor wear. The wooden base may be a later addition and has substantial wear and losses.
Auction comparison: A compa-rable pair of samurai warriors by Yoshimitsu was sold at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Works of Art, 16 September 2014, New York, lot 2179.