kozane armor

Armatura da samurai con corazza di tipo mogami, 18º secolo
Mogami-dō tosei gusokuSamurai armor with a mogami type cuirassSeconda half of Edo period (1615-1868), 19th centuryThis samurai armor, on its helm and liner, exhibits a mokko-type family crest in an original variation. It has probably belonged to a daimyō of a minor province, perhaps related to the Takigawa clan, which would employ kamon very similar to this one.The hemispheric, sixteen-plate helm with great rivets (o-boshi kabuto) is typical of the production of samurai armors of the middle of the Edo period when samurai all over Japan began to look at the models of the...

Samurai armor signed Myochin MuneakiOkegawa-do tosei gusokuLate Edo period (1615-1867), 19th centuryThis Japanese armor features a good heavy sujibachi-kabuto made our of 24 riveted plates, adorned with an excellent gilt-wood dragon maedate and fitted with a hon-kozane shikoro (neck protection). The signature inside the helmet reads “Myochin ki Muneaki” and belongs to an armorer from the Myochin school who worked in Himeji (Harima) during the latter part of the Edo period. The kamon (family crest) of the Sakai family, for whose he worked, is printed on the two leather covers of...

Suji-bachi kabuto
Suji-bachi kabuto
A russet iron samurai helmetDATEMid Edo period, 18th centuryMEDIUMIronSIGNJōshū jū Saotome Ieharu A rare 62-plate kabuto. The plates are joined with hammered rivets, invisible from the outside. In the interior, the “Saotome-byo" is visible, as a typical feature of the Saotome armor makers.Each plate is connected with seven rivets and shows an embossed shape that reveals a very strong construction of the whole kabuto that can be very effective against bullets: each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one; as a result, the bowl...

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