ashigaru helmet

Hineno zunari kabutoHead-shaped samurai helmet PERIODEarly Edo period (1615-1868), 17th centuryPRICE4,000 € This samurai helmet is built with five iron plates that form a flat surface which has been lacquered in black. The neck guard (shikoro) of Hineno type comprises five plates and small fukigaeshi (turned-back portions).Antique samurai helmets of this type were originally made during the late Muromachi period and became popular for their functionality. With such a plain construction they were, in fact, easy to produce but could be made with thick and resistant...

Early Edo period, Kaga Myōchin school17th centuryRemovable nose and horsehair application; the surface finished with a file-marks pattern (yasurime).This large menpo shows all the main features of the masks produced in the Kaga area by the various schools of armorers that were active there. The triangular jaw delimited by prominent semicircular embossed parts, the wide oval mouth without teeth and the surface with parallel lines engraved one by one (yasurime) are in fact all recurring elements of the masks produced in this region.We still don’t know how the different Kaga...

Kakukuzin-nari kawari kabutoHelmet shaped as a cloth headgearMid Edo Period (1615-1867) 18th century  The kakuzukin, or squared cap, was formed by a rectangular cloth folded and sewn along the sides. The decoration over the iron bowl imitating this headgear is made in harikake, a mixture of papier-maché and lacquer that results light and solid at the same time. The last plate of the neck guard (shikoro) on this helmet is lacquered in gold.Harikake had been used during the Momoyama period (1573-1715) when generals begun to wear large helmets shaped with unusual and extravagant...

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