japanese samurai uniform

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...

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...

Japanese armor with byakudan lacquer PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century EXHIBITIONS: Kimono e Samurai. Il gesto. L'eleganza. Lo spirito, Fondazione Herman Geiger (Cecina) Samurai - Passato e presente, Novara 2012LITERATURE A. Schiavetti (a cura di), Kimono e Samurai. Il gesto. L'eleganza. Lo spirito, Cecina, 2013, p. 20 G. Piva - S. Verrina,Samurai - Passato e presente, cat. A1, Novara 201Japanese armor with byakudan lacquerThis Japanese armor features a rare byakudan lacquering, an expensive...

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