Samurai Helmet depicted respectfully displayed on the stand. Painted on silk with ink and kindei, which is gold pigments. The kabuto was an important part of the equipment of the samurai, and played a symbolic role as well, which may explain the Japanese expressions, sayings and codes related to them.
The Signature reads Tosanomori Mitsuzane (The load of Tosa) and sealed. This scroll has unique mounting such as the fabric “black takeyamachi” has been positioned on top of the scroll with double horizontal lines, and also the scroll end is decorated with inlayed bamboo.
Tosa Mitsuzabe (1780-1852) was a Japanese painter active during late Ed period. He was the eldest son of Tosa Mitsusada. Like his father, Mitsuzane served as the official painter (edokoro-azukari) at the imperial court.
There are some insignificant marks on the painting and mounting due to its great age, otherwise the piece is in good condition. It is accompanied by a paulownia wood storage box.
Painting: 15 1/4” x 38 1/4” (38.5cm x 97.0cm)
Scroll: 18 3/4” x 69 3/4” (47.5cm x 177.0cm)