lacquered leather armor

Koboshi kabutoA russet iron samurai helmet with small standing rivetsEdo period, 17th-18th centurySigned: Saotome Iechika A russet iron (tetsu sabiji) sixty-two plate kabuto, each mounted with twenty-five small tapered standing rivets (ko-boshi) of decreasing size; the front plate, larger than the others, is fitted with two lines of rivets, while the rear one is left empty, for a total of 1.550 rivets.The typical "Saotome-byo" is visible under this lining, an extra rivet which is almost an additional signature of the Saotome armorers.The five-stage shikoro (neck protection) is...

Go-mai-dō tosei gusokuSamurai Armor with a five-plates cuirassKaga schoolMid Edo period, 18th century The helmet (kabuto) is of suji-bachi construction, of tall shape (koseizan), made with 62 plates. The helmet’s shape suggests an attribution to the armorers of the Haruta Kaga school. The maedate (front ornament) is a classical inome (boar’s eye), a typical feature of suits of samurai armor from the region of Kaga, as is the flat round tehen-ho-kanamono on the top of the kabuto. The inome design is found also on the shoulders’ guards (both on sode and ko-hire...

Momonari kabuto
Helmet shaped as a momonari DATEMomoyama period (1575 - 1615), late 16th centuryMEDIUMGilded iron A gold lacquer helmet of momonari shape. The single-plate shikoro is black lacquered and the original maedate is gilt. The momonari shape (peach-shaped) is inspired by European helmets, specifically designed to deflect the firearms’ bullets.This kind of helmet is well known: they had been made for the campaign of Korea (1592-98) in Kyushu island. The peculiarities of these helmets were that they did not belong...

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