armour archive patterns

Complete samurai armorEarly Edo Period, 17th century Kabuto [helmet]: 32-plate so-fukurin kabuto. The shikoro (neck guard) is all in hon-kozane (true scale), divided in three sections.Menpō [mask]: A rare lacquered iron ressei-men (mask with fierce expression) with a large nose and no mustache.Dō [cuirass]: Maru-dō (made in a single piece) with hon-kozane (true scale) construction. The lacing is in two different style, with a difference in the central part (munakoshitori); gilt-brass rims and fine pierced kanamono (application).Sode [shoulder guards]: Mid-size type (chu-sode), with a cut...

Myochin Ressei menpo
 Myochin school, Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)Half mask for samurai armorSamurai armour's mask A russet iron mask of me no shita men (half face) type.The expression is fierce (ressei) with a big nose, the hair-horse mustache and beard and, particular feature, only the lower teeth visible.Cod. men1186 

A three-case inrō, 19th century Signed: Jōkasai
A three-case inrō, 19th centurySigned: JōkasaiHeight: 7.3 cmGold takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, hirame, aogai and metal inlays. Interiors in nashiji. With a large shell from the kai-awase matching game, simulating with various lacquer techniques a painted landscape with a swallow inlaid in shakudo above a river, with pine branches entwined by wisteria. The reverse with another shell seen from the outside. The background decorated with horizontal bands of geometrical diaper patterns on each compartment with different techniques and the rare use of red and green lacquer.Painted shells can be...

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