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Sogonari kabuto
Sogonari kabutoSamurai helmet shaped as a human headEarly Edo Period (1615 - 1867) Three-plates kawari kabuto covered with tawny hair to resemble a human head.Samurai helmets with this shape are not unusual, but a feature worth noting on this kabuto is that the hair covers the whole helmet, including the visor (mabizashi), while the front side of these samurai helmets is usually lacquered. Notable exceptions with the same surface treatment are two well-known kabuto: one from the armor that Hideyoshi presented to Date Masamune (now in the Sendai City Museum) and...

Paravento raffigurante Hana-mi
A party under the cherry blossomA four-panel folding screen  DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 18th centuryMEDIUMInk, pigments and gofun on gold-leaf groundDIMENSIONS138.5 by 245 cm Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (sakura). The subject of this byobu is in fact a small party with a dancer and people enjoying tea  with the traditional dango which are sold nearby by a young woman.Hanami was used as a term that meant "cherry blossom viewing"...

Koboshi kabutoA russet iron samurai helmet with small standing rivetsEdo period, 17th-18th centurySigned: Saotome Iechika A russet iron (tetsu sabiji) sixty-two plate kabuto, each mounted with twenty-five small tapered standing rivets (ko-boshi) of decreasing size; the front plate, larger than the others, is fitted with two lines of rivets, while the rear one is left empty, for a total of 1.550 rivets.The typical "Saotome-byo" is visible under this lining, an extra rivet which is almost an additional signature of the Saotome armorers.The five-stage shikoro (neck protection) is...

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