yoroi armor

Koboshi kabutoA russet iron samurai helmet with small standing rivetsEdo period, 17th-18th centurySigned: Saotome Iechika 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-stage shikoro (neck protection) is...

Kabuto Za-boshi16 plates samurai helmet DATEMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th centuryMEDIUMiron This heavy helmet is typical of the work of the armor makers in the province of Kaga. Each plate is fitted with a row of nine rivets of diminishing size toward the top, with the exception of the front and rear plates, the former with three rows of za-boshi and the latter left empty. The rivet heads bear a chrysantemoid shaped washer at the base (za-boshi).The mabizashi (visor) and the fukigaeshi are decorated with applied printed Dutch leather tooled...

Okina SōmenA full face russet iron samurai amour’s mask formed and decorated to resemble the face of an old manEdo period, 18th centuryArmor for the face - mengu - developed towards the end of the Muromachi Period (1336- 1573) with the double role of protection and a fastening point for the kabuto ropes through hooks or rings. However, masks that completely cover the face were never common, as not very practical, and their spread was restricted to high-ranking samurai who could wear them for official occasions as an indication of their social status. For this reason original sōmen are...

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