antique japanese armor

Leather samurai armor, mid Edo period  (1615-1867)
Nerikawa Tosei gusokuLeather samurai armor PERIODLate Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The armor is entirely made of lacquered nerikawa(leather) except for the iron kote. Nerikawa has always been used when building samurai armor in order to diminish its weight, but it is only during the second half of the Edo period that we find full suits made only with this material. Even the helmet, a very nice momonari kabuto decorated with a slander maedate shaped as three bamboo leaves, is made with leather.Both sode are decorated with a large figure of a flying bat. Its...

Momonari kabutoMomoyama period (1575-1615)Late 16th century A gold lacquer helmet of momonari shape. The single-plate shikoro is black lacquered and the original maedate is gilt. The momonari shape (peach-shaped) is inspired by European helmets, specifically designed to deflect the firearms’ bullets.This kind of helmet is well known: they had been made for the campaign of Korea (1592-98) in Kyushu island. The peculiarities of these helmets were that they did not belong to a single soldier but they were distributed to those who needed....

SaihaiCommander batonMid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with silvered-copper mounts and paperLenght: 36.5 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, while some other time it hangs to a small rope, like in tn this case. The baton is fitted sith silvered applications on which a tahaka kamon (family crest), representing two crossed hawk feathers, indicate an important...

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