antique samurai armor

Armatura in miniatura
Miniature ArmorNi-mai do tosei gusokuSecond half of Edo Period (1615-1867)19th CenturyHeight: 86 cmDuring the 17th Century samurai families used to display a set of helmet and armor, weapons and banners outdoors on the Tango-no-Sekku Festival (The Boy’s Festival), held on the fifth day of the fifth month, designated as an important ceremonial day by the Edo Shogunate Government. Later in the Edo period these items, except for the banners, were moved indoor, on rooms facing the street. The style of displaying varied in accordance and the armors gradually became miniaturized, thus keeping...

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...

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) Hanaire
Flower vase shaped as a pumpkin Height: 20 cm A Rare ceramic hanging vase shaped as a hechima, engraved with a poem. 
Used in the tokonoma, this kind of vase is hanged either in the center of the wall or on one of the lateral pillars. The poem reads: 世のちりをよそにはらひてゆくすゑのちよをしめたるやどの松風 
The world's dust
swept aside
here in my hermitage
I have all need―
the wind in the pines. Poet, calligrapher, painter and potter, Otagaki Rengetsu was a Japanese Buddhist nun and one of the few prominent Japanese female artists....

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