Glossy.com has recently published a list of the most expensive Samurai artworks. Some of the artwork is as much as $2 million and more. Below is the list of 10 most expensive Samurai artworks:
I’ve put out a blog post over on the Glossy.com blog which is intended to give people more of an idea about how the art market works, and some insight into the most expensive Samurai artworks ever sold. If you’re interested in collecting original Samurai artwork, or want to know what some of the most expensive pieces are available for sale then this is a quick and easy place to find out. You can check it out at http://www.glossy.com/blog/most-expensive-samurai-artworks/
I hope you enjoy!
Some of the most expensive pieces of Samurai artworks in the world are often hidden away in storage or even lost, but their existence is still known thanks to historical records. The following list shows 10 of the most expensive pieces of Samurai artworks in the world and where they ended up.
In no particular order:
The Samurai period in Japan was an important time in the history of art, when many new ideas were developed. However, the period also saw a great deal of destruction and loss of cultural heritage due to war.
The following ten artworks are among the most expensive pieces of samurai art ever sold.
1. Sword signed by the swordsmith Shintogo Kunimitsu – $2,300,000
In March 2007, this sword was auctioned off for $2.3 million by Christie’s in New York City. The sword is made of steel with gold leaf applied to it and has intricate designs carved into its surface. It is 32 inches long and weighs 3 pounds 5 ounces. It was created by the famous swordsmith Shintogo Kunimitsu sometime around 1320 AD.
2. Helmet signed Terukuni – $1,000,000
A helmet made by the famed 16th century Japanese armoury house Terukuni was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1 million at a Christie’s auction in New York City in 2009. The helmet has decorative paintings on it that are believed to represent clouds and fireflies and is decorated with silver and gold lacquer and black carbon pigment paint.
3. Dragonfly Dagger – $937,
Two of the most famous Samurai artworks are the “Shōtoku Taishi nikki” (The private writings of Prince Shōtoku) and the “Heike Monogatari,” a book about a powerful family that was defeated by a rival clan. These books are important for Japanese culture and history.
The Japanese government, however, does not want these manuscripts to leave Japan because they are part of their cultural heritage. The owners of these two items have been reluctant to sell them so far. However, the highest bidder will be able to purchase one of the two manuscripts at auction on May 10 at Christie’s in Tokyo.
Titled: “The Heike Monogatari”
Estimated price: $1.2 million – $1.8 million
Including taxes: $1.49 million – $2.09 million
If you decide to bid for this item, please contact Christine Alvarado (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katsumi Hirao (email@example.com).
The Sengoku Period (and subsequent Edo period) brought a lot of changes to Japan. The most obvious was the end of the Samurai’s dominance in the country.
In real life, this was largely due to Oda Nobunaga’s death and the subsequent splintering of his empire. In fiction, this is often attributed to the betrayal of one or more of the generals by another. The point is that it usually involves betrayal between Samurai, not with people outside their class.
Music is the most powerful means of communication in the world. It is capable of expressing anything and everything, because it is a part of our nature. If a person who has never seen you before comes up to you at random and asks, “What kind of music do you like?” you won’t have to think very long before replying that you like rock ‘n’ roll or jazz or R & B or whatever else. It’s the same if the question is posed to an enormous crowd at a rock festival, which is held somewhere in the open air on a hot summer’s day. All around you, people of all ages are wearing T-shirts with the names of their favourite bands, or singing along with whichever chorus happens to be playing at that moment.
Music has always been an important element in Japanese culture too; however, it differs from Western culture in one important respect: there is no clear distinction between classical music and popular music in Japan. The two forms have evolved side by side for hundreds of years and continue to do so today.
In Japanese history, music was strongly influenced by religion. The origins of Japanese classical music lie with gagaku – ritual court music – which itself had its roots in Buddhist chanting. With few exceptions, gagaku was performed