japanese armor

A wood standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly Generals, Heian period, 12th century
Haira TaishōA standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly Generals DATEHeian period, 12th centuryMEDIUMJapanese cypressHEIGHT98 cmSKUalt-1449 The Twelve Heavenly Generals (Jūni Shinshō) protect and serve Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha. In Japanese antique sculpture and art, they are almost always grouped in a protective circle around Yakushi Nyorai and might have symbolized the twelve vows of Yakushi, or the protection during the 12 daylight hours, or even the 12 months, the 12 cosmic directions or the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Jūni Shinshō are also members...

Armor of Sansai typeEarly Edo period (1615 - 1867)17th centuryInscribed in various parts: Nishimura Kiyomune Hosokawa Sansai (or Tadakoi 1563 - 1646) was a successful general; he modified the traditional gusoku creating the model now know under his name. These are simple and very practical armors, that reflect the elegant artistic sensibility of Sansai, who was also a tea ceremony master.The kabuto is of Etchu (zunari) type; the cuirass in iyozane maru, often covered in lacquer. The mask is always an hanbo and sode are not...

Samurai armor with byakudan finish, mogami-do tosei gusoku
Samurai armor from the Hirano clan PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th centurySIGNATUREMyochin Ujiie saku EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A2, Novara 2012 This Japanese armor of tosei gusoku type brings the coat of arms (kamon) with fish scale (uruko) design used by the Hirano clan, daimyō of Tawaramoto in Yamato province. The twelve-plates kabuto (helmet) of "pumpkin" shape (akoda-nari) is typical of this region, richly...

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