Dragon ryu maedate

2022 year
Materials: wood, paint
Techniques: carving, painting, aging
Dimensions: 28x16x9 cm

Figurine of the dragon “Ryu” for the kabuto samurai helmet. Made of wood, painted and aged.

The maedate dragon helmet decoration was often made for wealthy samurai or given to them by their daimyo and sometimes by the shogun himself. The dragon, or Ryu, is important in Japanese mythology. Associated with both heaven and water, they represent generosity, benevolence, experience and wisdom. Using its power and strength for the good and for the protection of people.