armour antiques

Red lacquered Saika samurai helmetHaruta school, Momoyama period (1573-1615) The Haruta armourers who moved to Kii province in the early 17th century took the name from the village where they worked, Saika, near Wakayama, possibly on request of the local daimyo, Asano Yukinaga, a great armour amateur. Specialized in the construction of plate helmets, they produced few typologies of kabuto. Among them, the most “classical” is made of six large plates with another large one on top shaped as a chrysanthemum; all the plates are joint with rives decorated with washers (za-...

Myochin Ressei menpo
Ressei menpoMyochin school, Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)Half mask for samurai armorSamurai armour's mask A russet iron mask of me no shita men (half face) type.The expression is fierce (ressei) with a big nose, the hair-horse mustache and beard and, particular feature, only the lower teeth visible.Cod. men1186 

Samurai armor with byakudan finish, mogami-do tosei gusoku
Samurai armor from the Hirano clan PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th century  EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A2, Novara 2012 This Japanese armor of tosei gusoku type brings the coat of arms (kamon) with fish scale (uruko) design used by the Hirano clan, daimyō of Tawaramoto in Yamato province. The twelve-plates kabuto (helmet) of "pumpkin" shape (akoda-nari) is typical of this region, richly decorated with...

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