Bronze Japanese Warrior Bookends. Momoyana Period. Sculptor Milo. Pair. Spain
Detailed from a recent casting from my Spanish foundry group. Beautiful brown patina with late 16th Century warrior pose . . . to hold your heaviest books upright.
The headgear on these two warriors are worth noting. With the decline of Ashikaga power in the 1560, the feudal barons (daimyos) began their fight for control of Japan. Four decades of constant warfare ensued, known as the Momoyama period.
The hats on these warriors are called eboshi-styled kabuto helmets from the late -16th century era. Eboshi because they are pointed. Kabuto because they are simple warrior version of the more sophisticated helmets of the samurai.
Side Note: I found an authentic Kabuto helmet on a British web site that sold for 18,000 GBP (about $25,000 USD). Very cool helmet but no stand!
Bronze using the lost wax casting method mounted on black marble bases with felt bases.