edo period samurai armor

Katana Rai Kuninaga, Late Kamakura, early Nanbokucho period, Circa 1332  NBTHK Juyō Tōken
Katana Rai KuninagaUnsigned, den Rai KuninagaLate Kamakura, early Nanbokucho period, Circa 1332NBTHK Juyō Tōken Nagasa [lenght]: 71.5 cmMotohaba: 2.7 cm, sakihaba: 1.9 cmSori [curvature]: 2.3 cmSugata [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, koshi-zori, iori-mune, chu-kissaki (3,2 cm)Kitae [forging pattern]: bright itame mixed with mokume and nagare, plenty of jinie and chikei,Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha mixed to ko-choji and ko-gunome; ashi, yō, hotsure, yubashiri, kinsuji and sunagashiBōshi [point]: many hakikake forming kaenNakago [tang]: o-suriage, kirijiri yasurime; three mekugi-...

Suji-bachi kabutoA 62-plates samurai helmet bearing the crest of the Nabeshima clan, circa 1570-1620.Signed: Myōchin NobutakaThis excellent kabuto is signed by an unrecorded Japanese armorer and is hence an important documental piece. The style and the signature suggest Nobutaka was a student of Myochin Nobuie working between 1570 and 1620; the inside of the helmet has been in fact later inscribed with the date “Tenbun 3” (1534 in Japanese calendar) to suggest this is a work from his master’s period.The inside bears also three votive inscriptions in red lacquer.The mounts...

Field of Pinks and Rising MoonA six-panel folding screen DATEMomoyama period, 17th centuryMEDIUMInk, colors, gold leaf, and silver on paperDIMENSIONS166 by 360 cm A field of wild pinks (nadeshiko; Dianthus superbus) blooms under a rising moon in this six-panel folding screen. The anonymous artist arranged the flowers, a relative of the carnation, in dense, rhythmical clusters in three horizontal registers in the lower half of the screen, above which clouds of gold leaf merge with the gilded sky. Interspersed between the layers of flowers are passages where flecks of silver foil, now...

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