antique samurai armor

 A Sukekuni Shinto KatanaSamurai sword in koshirae DATEEarly Edo period, circa 1660CERTIFICATENBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon TōkenNAGASA [lenght]: 69.4 cmMOTOHABA2.4cm SORI1.6 cmSUGATA [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune, enlongated chu-kissaki (4,5 cm)KITAE [forging pattern]: thick ko-itameHAMON[temper line]:dai gunome midare mixed with choji midareNAKAGO[tang]: O-suriage (shortened about 8cm) with original Sujichigai Yasurime  file marks and newly added Kiri yasuri on the suriage part; two mekugi-ana  MEI...

Ni-mai do tosei gusokuSecond half of Edo Period (1615-1867)19th CenturyHeight: 86 cmDuring the 17th Century samurai families used to display a set of helmet and armor, weapons and banners outdoors on the Tango-no-Sekku Festival (The Boy’s Festival), held on the fifth day of the fifth month, designated as an important ceremonial day by the Edo Shogunate Government. Later in the Edo period these items, except for the banners, were moved indoor, on rooms facing the street. The style of displaying varied in accordance and the armors gradually became miniaturized, thus keeping splendid...

 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 Japanese suite of 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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