samuri helmets

Suji-bachi kabuto
Suji-bachi kabuto
A russet iron samurai helmetDATEMid Edo period, 18th centuryMEDIUMIronSIGNJōshū jū Saotome Ieharu A rare 62-plate kabuto. The plates are joined with hammered rivets, invisible from the outside. In the interior, the “Saotome-byo" is visible, as a typical feature of the Saotome armor makers.Each plate is connected with seven rivets and shows an embossed shape that reveals a very strong construction of the whole kabuto that can be very effective against bullets: each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one; as a result, the bowl...

Scenes from the Heike MonogatariA six-panel folding screen DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 18th centuryMEDIUMInk, color, gofun and gold-leaf on paperDIMENSIONS153 by 316 cm The scene depicts the famous Japanese battle at Ichinotani, featuring the surprise attack by Minamoto forces, led by Yoshitsune, upon the Taira stronghold. On the lower part, the Heike (Taira) leader Tomonori riding out toward his boats, while on the left part Kumagai Naozane is gesturing with his fan toward the seventeen-year-old Taira Atsumori calling out to him: “I see that you are a Commander...

Kakukuzin-nari kawari kabutoHelmet shaped as a cloth headgearEarly Edo Period (1615-1867) 17th century  The kakuzukin, or squared cap, was formed by a rectangular cloth folded and sewn along the sides. The decoration over the iron bowl imitating this headgear is made in harikake, a mixture of papier-maché and lacquer that results light and solid at the same time. The last plate of the neck guard (shikoro) on this helmet is laquered in gold.Harikake had been used during the Momoyama period (1573-1715) when generals begun to wear large helmets shaped with unusual and extravagant...

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