Established in Geneva since 1983, GALERIE DUTTA is specialised in oriental antiques related to the art of the samurai.
The gallery, headed by the specialist Sidharta Dutta, is particularly specialised in swords of Japan, in pottery and terra cotta from Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam over a period of 5000 years.
The experts from GALERIE DUTTA are available anytime to estimate your Asian artworks.
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His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (1617–1682) Gilded bronze, Sino-Tibetan. Late Ming period 17th century. Size : 16,5cm Lobsang Gyatso, was born in the Lhoka region of Tibet and recognized at the age of 6 as the reincarnation of H.H. the Fourth Dalai Lama by Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen. At the age of 25 he became the first Dalai Lama to be enthroned as both the spiritual and political leader of the whole of Tibet, with the establishment of the Gaden Podrang government. He is remembered amongst all Tibetan Buddhist traditions as “The Great Fifth” and is renowned as a brilliant scholar and writer who authored 26 volumes of commentaries, Tantric ritual manuals, histories, and biographies, as well as being an accomplished meditator, medical doctor and poet. Desi Sangye Gyatso and Jamyang Shepa were amongst his most famous students. He established for the first time in Tibet many beneficial modern infrastructures such as a National Medical College and national healthcare system; a taxation system to support education, medical care and environmental projects; a population census; map surveys; and the building of the world-famous seat of all future Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace. NOW SOLDRead more
TETSU SABIJI TORI-KABUTONARI KABUTO A extremely rare and unique bird-shaped iron sabiji helmet Momoyama - early Edo period (1590-1600), Embossed and rusted iron Height: 35.0 cm, width : 39.4 cm, length: 33.3 cm The mythical phoenix (hôô,) is regarded as being immortal, and this highly peculiarly shaped helmet is based on a so-called tori-kabuto, lit. “bird helmet,” which is used as a headdress at the bugaku Imperial court dance and music. The bugaku´s tori-kabuto on the other hand probably goes back to a mandarin duck oshidori, which – due to its beautiful plumage – is thought to represent the phoenix among birds native to Japan. The helmet consists of embossed iron plates which combine to form a forward curve in the momonari manner. This classical shape is reminiscent of Buddhist altar equipment. The plates are connected in such a manner that a central ridge-line emerges, and the tehen section, which protrudes slightly to the front, is skilfully made to represent a bird with an opened beak. Below, one finds the eyes, and the circumferential iron plates represent the bird’s beautiful collar feathers as well as the wings, which run back as the shikoro. Among bugaku dances, the Taihei-raku, Manzai-raku, the Shûfû-raku, and other variations are known to have used tori-kabuto as headdresses. At those bugaku, dancers and instrumentalists wore such tori-kabuto which were covered with gorgeous fabrics. Also the “Genji-monogatari” tells of dance performances called “Karyôbin” and “Kochô”, in which children are dressed up as mythical birds respectively butterflies. The dancers are similar to nymphs or fairies (tennyo,) flying up to the Heavens, and this explains the peaceful and harmonious sense of tori-kabuto used in such bugaku. There is a tori-kabutonari helmet possessed by the Ôyamazumi-jinja (Ehime Prefecture) which is dated to the Kamakura period. This helmet reflects very well those warriors´ yearnings for the gorgeous aristocratic culture of the Heian period, slipping this peculiar elegance into their arms and armour. Despite originating in the late Momoyama - early Edo period, this helmet tries to capture that earlier atmosphere. It displays the personal style of the Momoyama period, a time when warriors became aware of their own personality and tried to express this in their clothes and armour. During the Momoyama period, the traditional and hitherto predominant hoshi- and suji-kabuto were expanded by helmets with eboshi, tôkanmuri (Chinese crowns), zukin (hood) shapes, but interpreted as wakitate and/or maedate crests; in addition many other variations such as animals, plants and graceful ornaments appeared. The tori-kabutonari is the rarest style among all those more or less grotesque (igyô) helmet shapes.*1 This piece is made of very thin, forged iron plates, connected with a small rim along the joint which serves as additional reinforcement. The result is a complex and beautifully modelled helmet which is, to a certain extent, reminiscent of modern art. The surface is lacquered to a black and tasteful rusted appearance (sabiji-urushi), but the beak section on the central front area is lacquered red, which is very impressive. The eyes are inlayed with brass. The mabisashi protrudes sharply to the front, an approach reminiscent of a classical specimen from antiquity. The area around the koshimaki no ita is covered with a headband-like brass plate which is decorated with embossed chrysanthemum ornaments (kiku-za). The brass elements were brightly polished and shone with a light gold hue when the helmet was made. The curious and marvellous helmet construction, together with this showy ornamentation, surely made this piece an eye catcher and the figure of a mounted military commander swinging his saihai baton comes to mind. A masterly helmet, this is not only eccentric but also reflects the sophistication and aesthetic sensibilities of the warriors of that era. *1 In the “Genpei-seisui-ki” chapter, “Norimori-yume Tadamasa Tameyoshi no koto,” we read of a certain “tobi-kabuto” (lit., referring to the bird, “kite-shaped helmet.”) It is thought that this tobi-kabuto is of about the same style as the tori-kabutonari helmet. The “Genpei-seisui-ki” was compiled from the late Kamakura to the subsequent Nanbokuchô period. There is also a tori-kabutonari helmet with tiger-fur applications from the early Edo period which is said to come from the property of Oda Nobunaga. - some photos with the well made iron Menpo signed : Myochin MUNEAKIRA from the mid-Edo period (1730) (see also n.10243) price on applicationRead more
Menuki in Shakudo. Ko-Kinko school. Momoyama period late 16th century. Representing two aubergines, detail in gold. Dimensions : 3,50cm and 4,00cm Published in Tosogu no Bi. (Fine Japanese sword fittings) Menuki 2nd volumes. By Musashiyo Co. Ltd Japan 1994 Illustration n.25 page 26. price chf 1'900.-Read more
Title : Sanji no Kokaji Inari-yama, The famous swordsmith Sanjo Munechika (Heian period 989) forging a sword ko-kitsume-maru ("little fox") assisted by the divine protection fox-spirit in the form of a woman at the Inari Shrine. Series : Essay by Gekko. Date : 1887. Size : 14" x 9 1/2" Signature : GEKKO. Condition : Excellent colour, imprint and state SOLDRead more