what does kabuto mean in japanese

Red and gold lacquer Japanese samurai armor, 17th Century
Dangae-dō tosei gusokuAssembled red and gold lacquer Japanese samurai armor PERIODEarly Edo period (1615-1868),  17th CenturyPROVENANCE Ii Naomasa This suit of armor seems to belong to the "Red Devils" samurai of Ii Naomasa, who used to wear red lacquered (shu-urushi) armor with large golden stylized horns on the kabuto. The armors of the Ii retainers were also red, together with banners and accessories, hence taking the name of “Ii no akazonae” (“the red equipment of Ii”).This interesting samurai armor shows two different styles...

Suji-bachi kabuto
28-plate sabi-ji iron samurai helmet DATELate Edo period 1615 - 1867), 19th centuryARTISTMyochin schoolMEDIUMSabi-ji ironFIRMABoth helmet and mask signed “Muneharu” with kao The helmet with an elegant shape and hammered rivets on view, with a rare construction called “double shell”. With this technique, each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one. As a result, the bowl is ribbed from the outside but completely flat inside and the surface is contracted everywhere by a double layer of iron with...

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...

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