samurai yoroi

Koboshi kabuto Black lacquered samurai helmet with standing rivets
Koboshi kabutoBlack lacquered samurai helmet with standing rivetsHaruta SchoolMomoyama to early Edo Period, 16th-17th Century A 62-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 and the small one on the back which is left blank, for a total of 1,890 rivets.The visor (mabizashi) is of high quality, embossed with simulated eyebrows, stylised as bamboo leaves, and brow wrinkles; a tsunomoto...

Otagaki Rengetsu(1791-1875)Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) Maple tree leavesHanging scroll, ink on paper80 by 22.5 cm (mount 165 x 30) The painting, by Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) signed and sealed, represents two maple tree leaves accompanied by a poem about the read leaves themselves. The calligraphy is flowing elegant and refined, windingly written, as typical of Rengetsu’s style.  The poem reads:The bloodfrom swords that battledseen in the red leavesof deep autumnhere in the Miyoshino mountains.Poet, calligrapher, painter and potter, Otagaki Rengetsu was a Japanese...

SaihaiCommander baton Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with golden-copper mounts and horsehairLenght: 56 cmBorn 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. The ends of the stick are decorated with golden fittings carrying two kamon (family crests)...

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