antique samurai armor

Gunbai Uchiwa
Gunbai UchiwaWar fanEdo period, 19th century Wood with maki-e lacquer decorationsLength: 53,5 cmThe various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the battered field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.This gunbai is rather unusual among the common shapes. The straight lines and the absence of wide maki-e areas give in fact a sort of severe aspect, while the grain wood and the finely lacquered borders indicate the...

Gunbai Uchiwa  Ventaglio da battaglia
Gunbai UchiwaWar fan Muromachi to Momoyama period, 16th centuryLacquered wood and bamboo, 46 x 21 cmLenght: 50 cm The various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the batter field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.Early gunbai were rather simple, with sober decoration. This one, as most of those from the Muromachi period, has a rather small flat area and a long bamboo handle in order to be easily used on...

 A Sukekuni Shinto KatanaSamurai sword in koshirae DATEEarly Edo period, circa 1660CERTIFICATENBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon TōkenNAGASA [lenght]: 69.4 cmMOTOHABA2.4cm SORI1.6 cmSUGATA [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune, enlongated chu-kissaki (4,5 cm)KITAE [forging pattern]: thick ko-itameHAMON[temper line]:dai gunome midare mixed with choji midareNAKAGO[tang]: O-suriage (shortened about 8cm) with original Sujichigai Yasurime  file marks and newly added Kiri yasuri on the suriage part; two mekugi-ana  MEI...

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