samurai armor

TessenFighting fanMid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with silver-leaf and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 33 cm. - Width open: 54.5 cm.Iron fan with an elegant shape, with nine bamboo ribs.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan  played a significant role in Japanese etiquette, especially on formal occasions, and was rarely ever out of a samurai's possession. Perhaps because it was considered such an ordinary item, it was easily employed as a suitable side arm with only minor modifications....

Ressei menpōHalf mask for samurai armor with a fierce expression DATEMid Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryARTISTMyōchin school A russet iron mask of me no shita men (half face) type with very sharp embossing. The design shows a peculiar pattern, with stylised cheek bones; the angled line is repeated on the top border close to the ears.Even if the mask in unsigned, the type, and the features suggest a smith from the Myochin school. INVENTORY NR: men-627Item for sale. Price on application.   

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...

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