leather samurai helmets

Suji-bachi kabuto
28-plate sabi-ji iron samurai helmet DATELate Edo period 1615 - 1867), 19th centuryARTISTMyochin schoolMEDIUMSabi-ji ironFIRMABoth helmet and mask signed “Muneharu” with kao The helmet with an elegant shape and hammered rivets on view, with a rare construction called “double shell”. With this technique, each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one. As a result, the bowl is ribbed from the outside but completely flat inside and the surface is contracted everywhere by a double layer of iron with...

Otagki Rengetsu  (1791-1875), A pair of ceramic sake flasks
Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)A pair of ceramic sake flasks Decorated with autumn and summer poemsHeight: 15 cmPoet, calligrapher, painter and potter, Otagaki Rengetsu was a Japanese Buddhist nun and one of the few prominent Japanese female artists. Daughter of unknown parents, she was adopted by a samurai family and spent her childhood at Kameoka Castle as a courtesan until the age of 16; during her stay, Otagaki excelled in waka poetry, a Japanese classical verse particularly popular among women during the Edo period. After an unfortunate stage of her life in which both her husbands...

Tsuba Kaga Yoshiro decorata con ruote e volpe
Kaga Yoshiro TsubaCartwheels and foxLate Muromachi Period (1336-1573)Exhibition:"Samurai - Passato e presente", Novara 2012 Literature:G.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A13, Novara, 2012Iron with brass hira-zoganDiameter: 82 mmThickness: 4 mmAn excellent ubu example of Kaga Yoshiro work from the Muromachi period.  Very dense iron with good tekkotsu, not factory plate.  All the inlay is intact.  At the time that this was made, brass was an extremely valuable commodity in Japan, rivaling gold, as it was imported from China. The...

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