samurai helmets

samurai iron mask for armor  Kaga Myochin school
Ryūbu menpōHalf mask for samurai armor with “noble” expressionKaga Myōchin school, early Edo Period (1615-1867)17th centuryRemovable nose and horsehair application; the surface finished with a file-marks pattern (yasurime).This large menpo shows all the main features of the masks produced in the Kaga area by the various schools of armorers that were active there. The triangular jaw delimited by prominent semicircular embossed parts, the wide oval mouth without teeth and the surface with parallel lines engraved one by one (yasurime) are in fact all recurring elements of...

Koboshi Kabuto (samurai helmet) with riveted platesEarly Edo period (1615-1867)Haruta School, 17th centuryA 58-plate koboshi-bachi [helmet bowl with small standing rivets] of typical tenkokuzan form, with 30 pointed rivets on each plate decreasing in size towards the top, with the exception of the larger front plate, with three lines of rivets, for a total of 1,440 rivets.The tenkokuzan shape of this bachi, lower in the center and slightly higher on the back, is somehow more round than usual, referring the the akoda nari line from the...

Etchu-bo menpōHalf mask for samurai armor  DATEEarly to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryARTISTIwai school Iwai Yozaemon was armorer for Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Momoyama period and was appointed official bakufu armorer when he became shōgun. His school has then been active in Nara for many decades, producing two main styles of masks, the oie-bo and the etchū-bo. This second one featured very well defined facial treats and the surface was covered with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks"). In the Meiko Zukan there is a drawing which illustrates...

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