samurai armour and weapons

Saihai
SaihaiSamurai comman der batonMid Edo Period, 18º centuryWood with silvered-copper mounts; paper finalLenght: 37 cm A rare saihai in red lacquer with golden foliage decoration and kamon (family crest) of the Tokugawa clan.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, some others hung with a small rope. In this case, it is decorated with hair, attached directly to the stick....

Red lacquered ressei menpo Samurai mask with fierce expressionMid Edo period (1615 - 1867)18th century A red lacquered samurai mask, with fierce (ressei) expression finely embossed with wrinkles all over the face. Menpo for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: men-1392  

Suji-bachi kabutoA 62-plates samurai helmet bearing the crest of the Nabeshima clan, circa 1570-1620.Signed: Myōchin NobutakaThis excellent kabuto is signed by an unrecorded Japanese armorer and is hence an important documental piece. The style and the signature suggest Nobutaka was a student of Myochin Nobuie working between 1570 and 1620; the inside of the helmet has been in fact later inscribed with the date “Tenbun 3” (1534 in Japanese calendar) to suggest this is a work from his master’s period.The inside bears also three votive inscriptions in red lacquer.The mounts...

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