ancient japanese armour

Samurai armourEdo period (1615-1867), 18th century SignatureThe menpō is signed under the chin 弘前住 明珍紀宗賢 盛吉作 (Hirosaki no Ju Myōchin ki Munekata Moriyoshi saku) CertificateThe armor accompanied by a certificate of registration as Jūyō Bunka Shiryō(Important cultural work)issued by the Nihon Katchu Bugu Kenkyu Hozon Kai (Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor).Literature:Katchu Bugu Juyo Bunka Shiryo Zuroku - Vol. 4, (Tōken shunjû shinbunsha: Tōkyō, 2004), Pag. 76-77Description:The style of the armor is reminiscent of the medieval suits, as common...

Muromachi period, (1336- 1573)NBTHK Hozon TōsoguMarugata: 7.1 x 7 cmThickness: 6 mmMaru mimiFour stylized monkey dollsMonkey dolls (saru-ningyo) are made of cloth, stuffed with cotton and in ancient times were sometimes sewn into the clothing of children, as monkeys were thought to ward off diseases. In modern times, they function more as general good-luck charms. 

Signed by Myōchin Muneaki and dated 1853Signature: Kaei 6 - Ushidoshi Oshu Nihonmatsu-ju Myōchin Ki (no) Muneaki sakuMade in 1853 by Myōchin Ki Muneaki in Nihonmatsu castle. The helmet is a 24-plate suji kabuto with five rows of visible rivets. The shape is rather tall (koseizan), and the fittings, such as the visor (mabezashi) and the maedate holder (haraidate), are beautifully crafted. The five-plate shikoro bears on the fukigaeshi a rare kamon (family crest) made of silver maki-e lacquer, depicting the butterfly (hachō) used by the Taira clan in the ancient times and later taken up by...

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