armour archive patterns

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 

A three-case inrō, 19th century Signed: Jōkasai
A three-case inrō, 19th centurySigned: JōkasaiHeight: 7.3 cmGold takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, hirame, aogai and metal inlays. Interiors in nashiji. With a large shell from the kai-awase matching game, simulating with various lacquer techniques a painted landscape with a swallow inlaid in shakudo above a river, with pine branches entwined by wisteria. The reverse with another shell seen from the outside. The background decorated with horizontal bands of geometrical diaper patterns on each compartment with different techniques and the rare use of red and green lacquer.Painted shells can be...

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