edo period samurai armor

Autumn flower and plantsA pair of six-panel folding screen ARTISTRimpa schoolDATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 19th centuryMEDIUMInk, color, and gofun, on gold-leaf groundDIMENSIONS173 by 377 cm each SIGNATUREUnreadable A pair of six-panel screen decorated with the “Seven kinds of grass of Autumn” (aki no nanakusa) on a silver leaf ground.  INVENTORY NR: byo-1383 Japanese screens  for sale. Price on application.   

Okina SōmenA full face russet iron samurai amour’s mask formed and decorated to resemble the face of an old manEdo period, 18th centuryArmor for the face - mengu - developed towards the end of the Muromachi Period (1336- 1573) with the double role of protection and a fastening point for the kabuto ropes through hooks or rings. However, masks that completely cover the face were never common, as not very practical, and their spread was restricted to high-ranking samurai who could wear them for official occasions as an indication of their social status. For this reason original sōmen are...

Incense burner with inscribed poem by Otagaki Rengetsu  (1791-1875)
Koro, incense container Otagaki Rengetsu  (1791-1875)Ceramic, 9.5 x 8 cm. Wooden cover. The poem reads:ここを瀬ときそひわたりし武士の名にながれたるうぢの川水Here in the shallowswarriors vied to crosstheir names carriedto fame and oblivionon the waters of Uji River.Poet, calligrapher, painter and potter, Otagaki Rengetsu was a Japanese Buddhist nun and one of the few prominent Japanese female artists. Daughter of unknown parents, she was adopted by a samurai family and spent her childhood at Kameoka Castle as a courtesan until the age of 16; during her stay, Otagaki excelled in waka poetry, a Japanese...

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