armor archive patterns

Mino Ware, Oribe StyleA green glazed stoneware Oribe footed square serving dish decorated with iron wash grape leaves and geometric patternsMomoyama to Edo period, Early 17th century 20 by 18 by 5.7 cm With a tactile surface texture decorated with an asymmetrical design painted between green-glazed areas, this dish is a typical example of Green Oribe (ao-oribe) ware. The glaze fired to a vivid color flows down to the side walls pooling in rich, deep green lakes at the bottom on two opposite corners and the white strip in between is decorated in a brown iron wash with grape branches...

Etchu-bo menpōHalf mask for samurai armor  DATEEarly to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryARTISTIwai school Iwai Yozaemon was armorer for Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Momoyama period and was appointed official bakufu armorer when he became shōgun. His school has then been active in Nara for many decades, producing two main styles of masks, the oie-bo and the etchū-bo. This second one featured very well defined facial treats and the surface was covered with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks"). In the Meiko Zukan there is a drawing which illustrates...

Momonari kabuto
Elmet shaped as a momonari DATEMomoyama period (1575 - 1615), late 16th centuryMEDIUMGilded iron 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...

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