ashigaru helmet

Momonari Kabuto
Helmet shaped as a Momonari DATEMomoyama period (1575 - 1615), late 16th centuryMEDIUMGilded iron A gold lacquer helmet of momonari shape. The single-plate shikoro is black lacquered and the original maedate is gilt. The momonari shape (peach-shaped) is inspired by European helmets, specifically designed to deflect the firearms’ bullets.This kind of helmet is well known: they had been made for the campaign of Korea (1592-98) in Kyushu island. The peculiarities of these helmets were that they did not belong...

Sogonari KabutoSamurai Helmet shaped as a Human HeadEarly Edo Period (1615 - 1867) Three-plates kawari kabuto covered with tawny hair to resemble a human head.Samurai helmets with this shape are not unusual, but a feature worth noting on this kabuto is that the hair covers the whole helmet, including the visor (mabizashi), while the front side of these samurai helmets is usually lacquered. Notable exceptions with the same surface treatment are two well-known kabuto: one from the armor that Hideyoshi presented to Date Masamune (now in the Sendai City Museum) and...

Tsutsumi-dō tosei gusokuSamurai Armor with leather-covered cuirassKaga schoolMid Edo period, 18th-19th century This suite of armor features two characteristics that can be often found on suits made in the region of Kaga: the leather surface and the different color of the last plates.  The whole surface, except for the kabuto bachi and the mask, is in fact covered with black leather. The use of leather instead of lacquer to protect the iron surface is something seen very often on Kaga armor, as well as the scattered gilt surface of the last plate of each element. The helmet (...

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