antique samurai armor

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....

Okina SōmenA full face russet iron samurai amour’s mask formed and decorated to resemble the face of an old manEdo period, 18th centuryArmor for the face - mengu - developed towards the end of the Muromachi Period (1336- 1573) with the double role of protection and a fastening point for the kabuto ropes through hooks or rings. However, masks that completely cover the face were never common, as not very practical, and their spread was restricted to high-ranking samurai who could wear them for official occasions as an indication of their social status. For this reason original sōmen are...

TessenFighting fanMid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with gold-leaf and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 38 cm. - Width open: 66.5 cm.Iron fan with an elegant shape, with eleven bamboo ribs.Of exceptionally long size, this samurai fan is painted in black, with a gold-foil rising sun on one side and a constellation on the other. The external iron plates are engraved with a dragon in the clouds on one side and a tiger in a bamboo forest on the other.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan played a...

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