sengoku armor

Ko-katchushi tsubaEarly to Mid Muromachi Period (1392-1568) PERIOD15th CenturyMATERIALIron with openwork decoration (sukashi)DIAMETER96 mm, maru-gata with beveled raised rim (takadotemimi)THICKNESSThickness at the seppadai: 3 mm. Thickness at the rim: 6 mm A karabana flower on one side and a kikyo over a  sakura on the other create a well-balanced composition. The delicate subject, careful finish and refined iron indicate a tsuba of high quality.Karabana design had been imported from China and do not resemble any real Japanese flower; this indicates that the decoration is...

Sogonari kabuto
Sogonari kabutoSamurai helmet shaped as a human headEarly Edo Period (1615 - 1867) Three-plates kawari kabuto covered with tawny hair to resemble a human head.Samurai helmets with this shape are not unusual, but a feature worth noting on this kabuto is that the hair covers the whole helmet, including the visor (mabizashi), while the front side of these samurai helmets is usually lacquered. Notable exceptions with the same surface treatment are two well-known kabuto: one from the armor that Hideyoshi presented to Date Masamune (now in the Sendai City Museum) and...

Dangae-dō tosei gusoku
Dangae-dō tosei gusokuSamurai armor with a mixed styles cuirass PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century The armor shows an unknown family crest on its helm and on the backs of the hands (tekko).The components of the armor are upholstered with leather, which has been applied also to the ligatures of the lower part of the cuirass (produced with iyo-zane plates) using a more rare manufacturing than the common lacquer trims.The sixty-two plate helm (kabuto) is of type suji bachi, and it is covered in black lacquer, as well as the mask (menpo) and the three limb...

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