kozane armor

A wood standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly Generals, Heian period, 12th century
Haira TaishōA standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly Generals DATEHeian period, 12th centuryMEDIUMJapanese cypressHEIGHT98 cmSKUalt-1449 The Twelve Heavenly Generals (Jūni Shinshō) protect and serve Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha. In Japanese antique sculpture and art, they are almost always grouped in a protective circle around Yakushi Nyorai and might have symbolized the twelve vows of Yakushi, or the protection during the 12 daylight hours, or even the 12 months, the 12 cosmic directions or the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Jūni Shinshō are also members...

Miniature armor Ni-mai do tosei gusokuHeight: 50 cm 19th century During the 17th Century samurai families used to display a set of helmet and armor, weapons and banners outdoors on the Tango-no-Sekku Festival (The Boy’s Festival), held on the fifth day of the fifth month, designated as an important ceremonial day by the Edo Shogunate Government. Later in the Edo period these items, except for the banners, were moved indoor, on rooms facing the street. The style of displaying varied in accordance and the armors gradually became miniaturized, thus keeping splendid...

Hotoke-do tosei gusoku
Samurai armor bearing the kamon of Inaba familyMid to late Edo period (1615 - 1867)Kabuto bachi signed “Masuda Myochin Minbu Ki no Munesada Saku” and dated February 1757Provenance:Iyo no kami Inaba clan This very important suit is complete and original. It is entirely made of hon-kozane plates (individual scales) and bears gilt metal engraved kanamono all over its parts; interiors are lacquered in gold, a sign of a very high level provenance.The armor comes with a wide series of accessories: it includes two pairs of suneate (one heavier and one very light), as well as a...

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