antique samurai armor

A wood standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly Generals, Heian period, 12th century
Haira TaishōA standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly Generals DATEHeian period, 12th centuryMEDIUMJapanese cypressHEIGHT98 cmSKUalt-1449 The Twelve Heavenly Generals (Jūni Shinshō) protect and serve Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha. In Japanese antique sculpture and art, they are almost always grouped in a protective circle around Yakushi Nyorai and might have symbolized the twelve vows of Yakushi, or the protection during the 12 daylight hours, or even the 12 months, the 12 cosmic directions or the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Jūni Shinshō are also members...

HoateIron half mask for samurai armorEarly Edo Period (1615-1867)Saika or Haruta School, 17th century A samurai mask of hanbo shape, covering half face and excluding the nose.The surface is finished with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks”) and all rivets are decorated with applied iron ornaments (kirigane) either in the shape of a chrysanthemum or of lozenges, as typical from the Saika school of armorers. The Saika school was founded in the early 17th century by a group of armor-makers of the Haruta group who moved to Kii province, in the village of Saika....

TessenFighting fanMid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with gold-leaf and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 38 cm. - Width open: 66.5 cm.Iron fan with an elegant shape, with eleven bamboo ribs.Of exceptionally long size, this samurai fan is painted in black, with a gold-foil rising sun on one side and a constellation on the other. The external iron plates are engraved with a dragon in the clouds on one side and a tiger in a bamboo forest on the other.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan played a...

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