kabuto samurai

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...

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...

Tani Buncho
Tani Buncho (1763-1840)Waterfall in kagawa, 1835Hanging scroll; ink on silkPainting: 164 by 40 cmMounts: 233x60 cm. Ivory jikusaki.Signed with the artist’s seals and titled:Painted in the winter of the sixth year of the Tenpou Era (1835)Does this not recall Kagawa-no-kuni?73-year-old man, Buncho Natural landscapes became an archetypal subject in Asian art since Chinese Song dynasty (10th Century) and waterfalls have always been an important presence in East Asian and Japanese paintings. Many Japanese artists portrayed waterfalls using different styles, especially during...

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