antique japanese armor

Gunbai Uchiwa
Gunbai UchiwaWar fanEdo period, 19th century Wood with maki-e lacquer decorationsLength: 53,5 cmThe various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the battered field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.This gunbai is rather unusual among the common shapes. The straight lines and the absence of wide maki-e areas give in fact a sort of severe aspect, while the grain wood and the finely lacquered borders indicate the...

Ressei menpoHalf mask for samurai armor with fierce expressionMyōchin school, early Edo Period (1615-1867)17th century Rare mask of fierce (ressei) expression, with bold lines and a large nose.Large draining hole (asegashi-no-ana) and thin iron sheet, as typical of older masks.Even if the mask in unsigned, the type and the features suggest a smith from the Myochin school.On this page is a comprehensive glossary of common terms related to samurai armor.Price band: 5,000€ - 10,000€Menpo for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: men-628...

Katchushi tsubaMid Edo Period  (1615-1868) PERIOD18th 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...

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