antique samurai armor

Samurai mask shaped as a TenguMid Edo period (1615-1867)This menpō presents some features, such as the nose shaped like a beak, which suggests that represents the face of a Tengu. The Tengu are mythological creatures of ancient Japanese tradition identify both as kami (gods) and as yokai (demons). They are usually represented as birdman with a long prominent nose or, as in this case,  a beak.  The mask interior is lacquered and the iron yodarekake is made in four kiritsukezane plates.On this page is a comprehensive glossary of common...

Gunbai Uchiwa
 Edo 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 refined taste...

 PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th century  EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A2, Novara 2012 This authentic samurai armor of tosei gusoku type brings the coat of arms (kamon) with fish scale (uruko) design used by the Hirano clan, daimyō of Tawaramoto in Yamato province. The twelve-plates kabuto (helmet) of "pumpkin" shape (akoda-nari) is typical of this region, richly decorated with byakudan gold lacquer and...

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