View full screen - View 1 of Lot 35. A fine umiari suikan-gura [riding saddle with double register pommel] and a pair of abumi [stirrups] | Muromachi period, 16th century | The lacquer decoration Edo period, 19th century.
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A fine umiari suikan-gura [riding saddle with double register pommel] and a pair of abumi [stirrups] | Muromachi period, 16th century | The lacquer decoration Edo period, 19th century

A fine umiari suikan-gura [riding saddle with double register pommel] and a pair of abumi [stirrups] | Muromachi period, 16th century | The lacquer decoration Edo period, 19th century

A fine umiari suikan-gura [riding saddle with double register pommel] and a pair of abumi [stirrups] | Muromachi period, 16th century | The lacquer decoration Edo period, 19th century

A fine umiari suikan-gura [riding saddle with double register pommel] and a pair of abumi [stirrups] 

Muromachi period, 16th century 

The lacquer decoration Edo period, 19th century 


the riding saddle fitted with two lacquered igi [wood side boards], maewa [pommel] and shizuwa [cantle] of yamagata [highly-seated; 'mountain-shaped'] form, the pommel with the two umi ['sea'] and iso ['shore'] registers almost evenly constructed, low-shouldered tegata [hand-shaped] indentations carved to each side, the seat decorated in mura-nashiji on a black lacquer ground, the maewa and shizuwa bioth decorated in gold, silver, black, blue and red hiramaki-etakamaki-ekeuchi, gold and silver leaf on a nashiji ground, with a karashishi among blooming peonies, inset eyes, the pair of lacquered iron abumi similarly decorated, mura-nashiji interiors, with a fitted wood storage box and leather saddle pads and iron horse bit


Accompanied by a certificate of registration as Juyo Bunka Shiryo [Important Cultural Material], no. 448 issued by the Nihon Katchu Bugu Kenkyu Hozon Kai [Society for the Preservation of Japanese Armour], dated Heisei 11 (1999).


37.6 cm., 14¾ in. long (the kura)

each 30 cm., 11⅞ in. long (the abumi)

The saddle with some slight surface wear to the lacquer overall, including rubbing, some small areas of wear and losses to the gold and silver leaf with associated gold lacquer repairs, slight lifting and cracking, and the underside with a few light surface marks, each of the stirrups with some small repairs to the silver and gold leaf, slight wear to the raised edges including some small chipped areas revealing the wood beneath, one of the stirrups with cracking along the raised edge and going into the interior, each with the upper sections with some chipped areas and associated lacquer losses, each of the bases with light scratches consistent with being placed.


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For another example of a set comprising saddle and stirrups sold in these rooms, see Sotheby's, London, The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour, 2 November 2021, Lot 34: 

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