samurai tsuba

Gunbai Uchiwa
Gunbai UchiwaWar fanEdo period, 19th century Wood with maki-e lacquer decorationsLength: 53,5 cmThe 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.This gunbai is rather unusual among the common shapes. The straight lines and the absence of wide maki-e areas give in fact a sort of severe aspect, while the grain wood and the finely lacquered borders indicate the...

Koboshi kabutoA russet iron samurai helmet with small standing rivets ARMORERSaotome IetsuguDATEMid Edo period, 18th centurySIGNATURESaotome Ietsugu A russet iron (tetsu sabiji) sixty-two plate kabuto, each mounted with twenty-five small tapered standing rivets (ko-boshi) of decreasing size. The front plate, larger than the others, is fitted with two lines of rivets, while the rear one is left empty, for a total of 1.550 rivets.The typical “Saotome-byo” is visible under this lining: an extra rivet which is almost an additional signature of the Saotome armorers.The five-...

Japanese armor with byakudan lacquer PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century EXHIBITIONS: Kimono e Samurai. Il gesto. L'eleganza. Lo spirito, Fondazione Herman Geiger (Cecina) Samurai - Passato e presente, Novara 2012LITERATURE A. Schiavetti (a cura di), Kimono e Samurai. Il gesto. L'eleganza. Lo spirito, Cecina, 2013, p. 20 G. Piva - S. Verrina,Samurai - Passato e presente, cat. A1, Novara 201Japanese armor with byakudan lacquerThis Japanese armor features a rare byakudan lacquering, an expensive...

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