samurai armor

Hotoke-do tosei gusoku
Samurai armor bearing the kamon of Inaba familyMid to late Edo period (1615 - 1867)Kabuto bachi signed “Masuda Myochin Minbu Ki no Munesada Saku” and dated February 1757Provenance:Iyo no kami Inaba clan This very important suit is complete and original. It is entirely made of hon-kozane plates (individual scales) and bears gilt metal engraved kanamono all over its parts; interiors are lacquered in gold, a sign of a very high level provenance.The armor comes with a wide series of accessories: it includes two pairs of suneate (one heavier and one very light), as well as a...

Miniature kabutoA miniature hoshi-bachi samurai helmetThe second half of Edo Period (1615-1867)19th CenturyThe diameter of hachi: 8 cm circaThe small sixteen plates samurai helmet with standing rivets is mounted with engraved plates on the front and on the back, on which gilt shinodare are applied. Visor (mabizashi) and fukigaeshi are decorated with gold maki-e lacquer with a design of flowers and mythical beasts. The three plates shikoro (neck protection)  is finished with red lacquer.During the 17th Century samurai families used to display a set of helmet and armor, weapons and banners...

Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833 –1904)Print with Mongaku under the waterfall Date: 1864Series: "Imayo Nazorae Genji" Modern comparison for the Tale of Genji; chapter 40Signature: Chokaro Yoshiiku gaPublisher: OmiyaFormat oban, 24.5 x 37 cmThe print depicts the monk Mongaku Shonin in repentance beneath a waterfall. The scene is based on the legend of Endo Morito, the secular name of Mongaku who was originally a samurai a samurai guard of the imperial family in Kyoto. In his late teenage years, he fell in love with Kesa, the beautiful wife of his samurai...

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