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what's a kabuto?
Kabuto (兜, 冑) is a type of helmet first used by ancient Japanese warriors, and in later periods, they became an important part of the traditional Japanese armour worn by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan.

Hiro Ando's Kabuto is a tribute to Kurosawa and his epic often been cited as amongst his finest achievements.
HIRO ANDO
KABUTO "TARO" TAKATORA
50 x 30 x 30 cm
Mix media stainless steel polished and resin painted and varnished.

Akira Kurosawa 黒澤明, was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and producer who directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.
Kurosawa calls into question a certain drift from Japanese traditions, and from "Gendai-Geki" (literally "contemporary theater"), melodramas or black films inspired by detective novels, which deal with modern and Western subjects.
HIRO ANDO
KABUTO "SABURO" NAOTORA
58 x 50 x 30 cm
Mix media stainless steel polished and resin painted and varnished.

At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro, the eldest, will rule, Jiro, his second son, and Saburo will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished. The central theme of the film is its thematic study of the inheritance of power intergenerationally between a single parent and his three children, but themes of chaos, nihilism, and warfare recur also throughout the film.
HIRO ANDO
KABUTO "JIRO" MASATORA
50 x 30 x 30 cm
Mix media stainless steel polished and resin painted and varnished.

By adding the element of tradition to the popular Japanese culture, Hiro Ando creates an alluring portfolio that is easily paving its own road within the contemporary art world. Likable and easy on the eye, the cat-like sculptures became his signature mark and are uplifting Ando in the current art scene. Posing a new view on the traditional norms, Ando is a modern samurai of the Japanese art.