armour antiques

Red lacquered Saika samurai helmetHaruta school, Momoyama period (1573-1615) The Haruta armourers who moved to Kii province in the early 17th century took the name from the village where they worked, Saika, near Wakayama, possibly on request of the local daimyo, Asano Yukinaga, a great armour amateur. Specialized in the construction of plate helmets, they produced few typologies of kabuto. Among them, the most “classical” is made of six large plates with another large one on top shaped as a chrysanthemum; all the plates are joint with rives decorated with washers (za-...

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...

Samurai helmet shaped as a head towelSaika, early Edo period, 17th centuryKōshu-Tokubetsu-Kichō-Shiryō certificate The Haruta armourers who moved to Kii province in the early 17th century, took the name from the village where they worked, Saika, near Wakayama, possibly on request of the local daimyō, Asano Yukinaga, a great armour amateur. Specialised in the construction of plate helmets, they produced mainly two typologies of kabuto: one with six plates covered with a chrysanthemum-shaped plate on top and one shaped as a “head towel”, called okitenugui. The latter type...

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