samurai armor

SaihaiCommander batonMid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with silvered-copper mounts and paperLenght: 36.5 cm Born as a tool to control the troops, the saihai changed his function during the Edo period and became an accessory to wear with the armor as a symbol of power. 
The saihai's final can be in different materials; sometimes is applied directly to the stick, while some other time it hangs to a small rope, like in tn this case. The baton is fitted sith silvered applications on which a tahaka kamon (family crest), representing two crossed hawk feathers, indicate an important...

Shikishi con iris
Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)Shikishi with irisPigments on silkWith sign and seal used by the artist from 1925 to 194024 x 27 cmIn this shikishi is represented a beautiful deep blue iris. In Japan, the iris is the flower linked to men because the shape of this flower’s leaves recalls a sword. Sekka excelled in the small size works in which the different subjects are represented in full size.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in the western world. Sekka came from a samurai family - his...

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...

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