japanese kabuto

Leather samurai armor, mid Edo period  (1615-1867)
Nerikawa Tosei gusokuLeather samurai armor PERIODLate Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The armor is entirely made of lacquered nerikawa(leather) except for the iron kote. Nerikawa has always been used when building samurai armor in order to diminish its weight, but it is only during the second half of the Edo period that we find full suits made only with this material. Even the helmet, a very nice momonari kabuto decorated with a slander maedate shaped as three bamboo leaves, is made with leather.Both sode are decorated with a large figure of a flying bat. Its...

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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