The Zheng. A beast from the mythologies of China that was reported to have lived amongst the creatures of this world. The Zheng was a leopard that had 1 long single horn protruding from its forehead. It was red and had 5 tails. The Zheng made the sound of striking stones.
rocky coast An old symbolic design of success in life. The motif of carp swimming in wild stream derives from an old chiunese legendary story of success. It says that the carp, which reached the gate of dragon in the upstream of the Yellow River, will morph into a dragon.
The original of the kabuto (helmet) of the Dragon Armour is interesting inasmuch as the bowl of the helmet came from the Momoyama period. The suji bachi style of bowl, with overlapped and riveted plates was typical of the finest helmet makers (katchu-shi) of this period, borne out by the signature of the Saotome smith ''Ienao'' on the back plate. The menpo (mask) is a typical ressei men of the type made in Nara.
Inscribed by Naotane (Japanese, 1778–1857). Blade for a Short Sword (Wakizashi). Engraved by Yoshitane (Japanese), dated 1839. Japanese. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Brayton Ives and W.T. Walters, 1891 (91.2.84) #sword
Once again, tough to decide which board to put this curious piece on.....this is eccentric but also so sincere, I could not call it "eccentric". I find this fascinating in its' humility....this speaks to my soul...