antique samurai armor

Daruma, Nakahara Nantembō (1839-1925)Painting: 203 x 44,4Mount: 32 x 127 cmSigned by the artist Nantembō was born in the city of Karatsu as the son of a samurai. He became a monk of the Rinsai Zen sect at an early age. His Buddhist name was Zenchū. Nantembō was the nickname he received in 1873 because of the nandina staff (Bō) he acquired to admonish his students. He became a controversial figure in Japanese Zen circles, devoting his energy to reforming Zen in Japan. The calligraphy says:There is nothing to seek and nothing to find. You are already enlightened, and all the...

TessenFighting fanMid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with silver-leaf and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 33 cm. - Width open: 54.5 cm.Iron fan with an elegant shape, with nine bamboo ribs.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan  played a significant role in Japanese etiquette, especially on formal occasions, and was rarely ever out of a samurai's possession. Perhaps because it was considered such an ordinary item, it was easily employed as a suitable side arm with only minor modifications....

Gunbai UchiwaA rare long war fan DATELate Edo period, 18th - 19th century MEDIUMLacquered wood and metal fittingsLENGTH74.5 cmCERTIFICATENKBKHK Tokubetsu Kichou Shiryo The 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.The flat part of this gunbai is decorated with a circle of thirty-four stars on a ōhirame ground (flat-hammered gold balls) with the...

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