ashigaru armor

Samurai armor’s mask with fierce expressionMyōchin school, Mid Edo period, 18th centuryLiteratureG. Piva, Le armature dei Samurai: Luni Editrice, 2020, pag. 79 The unusual triangular shape of this unique samurai mask is accentuated by the two large yadome that embellish its thin cheekbones. With droplets and sporadic splashes of gin sawari, a pewter alloy that resembles silver, the surface is almost unique. This feature, together with the delicate design of specific details like the form of the ears and the nose-piece outline, suggests that the region of manufacture could be Kaga,...

Lacquered woodHeight: 73.5 cmThe various implements used by samurai commanders to direct troops on the batterfield were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a solid, not folding fan, was the equipment that generals used to communicate commands to their lieutenants. Originally used to ward off heat, the primary function of this fan was then to lend form and dignity to the gestures of the commander.This rare war fan, particulary long, is finished in nashiji lacquer and decorated with a moon on one side and a kirimon on the other. The flat part is decorated with fundame lacquer...

19th-20th CenturyLength: 15 cm with extended limbs The iron crab is constructed of numerous hammered plates, jointed inside the body; the claws open and the limbs and eyes move.Jizai Okimono are realistically shaped figures of animals made from iron, copper, shibuichi or shakudo. Their bodies and limbs are articulated, and can be moved like real animals; among these figures we can find models of dragons, birds, fishes, snakes, lobsters, crabs and insects.There are only few dated pieces, the earliest known is a dragon bearing the signature of Myochin Muneaki and dated 1713; from the XVIII...

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