japanese kabuto

Akoda-nari suji-bachi Unkai Mitsutane
16 plates akoda-nari suji-bachiSigned: Unkai Mitsusada deishi Mitsutane Edo period (1615-1867), circa 1780 Literature:- Sasama Y., Shin Kacchushi Meikan, 2000, pag. 212- Sasama Y., Katchu kantei hikkei, 1992, cat. 421- Sasama Y., Kacchushi Meikan, 1975, pag. 206- Sasama Y., Nihon no mei kabuto (Famous Japanese Helmets), vol. 3, 1972, pp. 158-159 Native to Kaga (Kanazawa), Fukuda Mitsutane in an armorer from the Unkai school, smiths in service of the Maeda clan, the richest Japanese family second only to the Shogun's. As in this...

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...

Kakukuzin-nari kawari kabutoHelmet shaped as a cloth headgearEarly Edo Period (1615-1867) 17th century  The kakuzukin, or squared cap, was formed by a rectangular cloth folded and sewn along the sides. The decoration over the iron bowl imitating this headgear is made in harikake, a mixture of papier-maché and lacquer that results light and solid at the same time. The last plate of the neck guard (shikoro) on this helmet is laquered in gold.Harikake had been used during the Momoyama period (1573-1715) when generals begun to wear large helmets shaped with unusual and extravagant...

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