Japanese Kura samurai saddle in red lacquer, with black and gilt lacquer. The maewa (front arched plate) and shizuwa (rear arched plate) are adorned with a copper inlay flying crane. The red lacquer area surrounding the crane is hand-carved with scrolling vines of flowers and shippo pattern in gilt lacquer.
The maewa and shizuwa are connected by two igi (contoured side bands). The igi rest on either side of the horse’s spine and serve as the under frame for the leather seat (basen or kura tsubo) and are slotted for stirrup straps (chikara-gawa or gekiso) to pass through. Mounted on custom stand.
Edo Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 15″ x 16″ x 11 1/2″ H (15 1/2″ H on stand)