o yoroi armor

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...

Sogonari kabuto
Sogonari kabutoSamurai helmet shaped as a human headEarly Edo Period (1615 - 1867) Three-plates kawari kabuto covered with tawny hair to resemble a human head.Samurai helmets with this shape are not unusual, but a feature worth noting on this kabuto is that the hair covers the whole helmet, including the visor (mabizashi), while the front side of these samurai helmets is usually lacquered. Notable exceptions with the same surface treatment are two well-known kabuto: one from the armor that Hideyoshi presented to Date Masamune (now in the Sendai City Museum) and...

Tatakinuri Nimai-dō Tosei GusokuSamurai Armor in the style of Kuroda clanMid Edo period, 18th centuryKabuto signed: “Haruta Tokimune”  This magnificent suit of amor bears a kamon (family crest) representing a Chinese character. Even if it has not been possible to find the exact clan where the armor came from, a stylistic analysis  suggests a strong connection with the Kuroda family, whose suits of armor have many features in common with the present one.The taste for large wakidate (side ornaments of the helmet) is the most evident feature. Even if the most famous...

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