samurai customs


Ressei menpōSamurai mask with a fierce expression DATEEdo period (1615 - 1867), 18th century A red lacquered high-level mask, with fierce (ressei) expression finely embossed with wrinkles all over the face. The expression is emphasized by painted beard and mustaches.   INVENTORY NR: men-1393Menpo for sale. Price on application.  

Leather samurai armor, mid Edo period  (1615-1867)
Nerikawa Tosei gusokuLeather samurai armor PERIODLate Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The armor is entirely made of lacquered nerikawa(leather) except for the iron kote. Nerikawa has always been used when building samurai armor in order to diminish its weight, but it is only during the second half of the Edo period that we find full suits made only with this material. Even the helmet, a very nice momonari kabuto decorated with a slander maedate shaped as three bamboo leaves, is made with leather.Both sode are decorated with a large figure of a flying bat. Its...

Gunbai UchiwaA rare long war fan DATELate Edo period, 18th - 19th century MEDIUMLacquered wood and metal fittingsLENGTH74.5 cmCERTIFICATENKBKHK Tokubetsu Kichou Shiryo The various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the battered field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.The flat part of this gunbai is decorated with a circle of thirty-four stars on a ōhirame ground (flat-hammered gold balls) with the...

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