ancient japanese armour

Red lacquered Saika samurai helmetHaruta school, Momoyama period (1573-1615) The Haruta armourers who moved to Kii province in the early 17th century took the name from the village where they worked, Saika, near Wakayama, possibly on request of the local daimyo, Asano Yukinaga, a great armour amateur. Specialized in the construction of plate helmets, they produced few typologies of kabuto. Among them, the most “classical” is made of six large plates with another large one on top shaped as a chrysanthemum; all the plates are joint with rives decorated with washers (za-...

Folding screen with the battle at Sekigahara17th centurySix-panel folding screen (byobu)136.5 x 263 cmInk, color, gofun and gold-leaf]The screen represents some moments from the famous Sekigahara battle. The focus is on the winner armies,  where some characters are easily recognizable.In the first panel on the right the Tokugawa Ieyasu camp is clearly represented; Tokugawa is here portrayed as an old man, according to the iconography offered by the sculpture that stands in his mausoleum in Nikko. Close by there is the camp of  Sakakibara Yasumasa, his...

Tebako, Rimpa schoolA small box with a design from Ogata KorinEarly Edo period (1615-1867)Lacquer with lead and mother of pearl insertsThe decoration of this antique lacquer box represents Sano-no-watari, literally "crossing the Sano": a historic river crossing, often subject to ancient Japanese poetry. The place recorded as Sano, in Kii province is now considered to be Sano in Shinjuku City in Wakayama prefecture. In ancient times there was a pontoon bridge where the Kinokawa flowed into Sano bay, and this was called "the Sano crossing". A poem on this...

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