antique japanese armor

Etchu-bo menpōHalf mask for samurai armor  DATEEarly to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryARTISTIwai school Iwai Yozaemon was armorer for Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Momoyama period and was appointed official bakufu armorer when he became shōgun. His school has then been active in Nara for many decades, producing two main styles of masks, the oie-bo and the etchū-bo. This second one featured very well defined facial treats and the surface was covered with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks"). In the Meiko Zukan there is a drawing which illustrates...

SaihaiCommander batonMid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with silvered-copper mounts and paperLength: 82 cm 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, as in this case while some other time it hangs to a small rope. This saihai of uncommon large size and horizontal shape is inspired by western scepters. The baton is fitted with silvered applications representing some butterflies. A...

Myochin Ressei menpo
Ressei menpoMyochin school, Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)Half mask for samurai armorSamurai armour's mask A russet iron mask of me no shita men (half face) type.The expression is fierce (ressei) with a big nose, the hair-horse mustache and beard and, particular feature, only the lower teeth visible.Cod. men1186 

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