antique japanese armor

samurai iron mask for armor  Kaga Myochin school
Ryūbu menpōHalf mask for samurai armor with “noble” expressionKaga Myōchin school, early Edo Period (1615-1867)17th centuryRemovable nose and horsehair application; the surface finished with a file-marks pattern (yasurime).This large menpo shows all the main features of the masks produced in the Kaga area by the various schools of armorers that were active there. The triangular jaw delimited by prominent semicircular embossed parts, the wide oval mouth without teeth and the surface with parallel lines engraved one by one (yasurime) are in fact all recurring elements of...

SaihaiSamurai comman der batonMid Edo Period, 18º centuryWood with silvered-copper mounts; paper finalLenght: 37 cm A rare saihai in red lacquer with golden foliage decoration and kamon (family crest) of the Tokugawa clan.Born as a tool to control the troops, the saihai changed his function during the Edo period and became an accessory to wear with the armor as a symbol of power.The saihai's final can be in different materials; sometimes is applied directly to the stick, some others hung with a small rope. In this case, it is decorated with hair, attached directly to the stick....

Ressei menpōHalf mask for samurai armor with a fierce expression DATEMid Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryARTISTMyōchin school A good russet embossed iron mask of me no shita men (half face) type.Even if the mask in unsigned, the type and the features suggest a smith from the Myochin school. INVENTORY NR: men-1191Item for sale. Price on application.    

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