ashigaru armor

Suji-bachi kabuto
Suji-bachi kabuto
A russet iron samurai helmetDATEMid Edo period, 18th centuryMEDIUMIronSIGNJōshū jū Saotome Ieharu A rare 62-plate kabuto. The plates are joined with hammered rivets, invisible from the outside. In the interior, the “Saotome-byo" is visible, as a typical feature of the Saotome armor makers.Each plate is connected with seven rivets and shows an embossed shape that reveals a very strong construction of the whole kabuto that can be very effective against bullets: each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one; as a result, the bowl...

 Stag antler netsuke representing a Mongol archer 18 Th. century6.6 cm Stag antler netsuke representing the massive figure of a standing Mongolian archer, wearing a full armor under a long-sleeved robe. The archer is shown with his arms stretched along the body while holding a bow in the left hand and an arrow in the right one.  The figure is probably a dattanjin, a stranger inhabitant of Dattan and Orankai, the Chinese area where Mongolian and Tartars used to live. Though it was a so common subject, the similitude with the real looks of dattanjin might be...

Armatura da samurai con corazza di tipo mogami, 18º secolo
Mogami-dō tosei gusokuSamurai armor with a mogami type cuirassSeconda half of Edo period (1615-1868), 19th centuryThis samurai armor, on its helm and liner, exhibits a mokko-type family crest in an original variation. It has probably belonged to a daimyō of a minor province, perhaps related to the Takigawa clan, which would employ kamon very similar to this one.The hemispheric, sixteen-plate helm with great rivets (o-boshi kabuto) is typical of the production of samurai armors of the middle of the Edo period when samurai all over Japan began to look at the models of the...

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