feudal japanese armor

Hanbo Muromachi
Late Muromachi Period (1336-1573)16th centuryA rare samurai mask of hanbo shape, covering half face and excluding the nose.The narrow size of the nose aperture immediately suggests a very old date, confirmed also by the iron and laquer consumption, which help to date the item to the 16th century.The general shape of the mask, together strong but delicate, is very similar to a model drawn in the Meiko-zukan-zokushu signed by Yoshimichi and to the hanbo signed Takayoshi in the Orikasa collection: the curled lip and the well balanced lines follow the same design,...

Early Edo Period, 17th Century A 62-plate koboshi-bachi [helmet bowl with small standing rivets] of typical tenkokuzan form, with 30 pointed rivets on each plate decreasing in size towards the top, with the exception of the larger front plate, with three lines of rivets and the small one on the back which is left blank, for a total of 1,890 rivets.Even if unsigned, the tenkokuzan shape of the bowl (bachi), lower in the center and slightly higher on the back and some other features such as the number and arrangement of rivets, suggest an attribution to...

Samurai armor in Sendai styleKabuto signed: Myochin Ujiie saku and dated August 1527 PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th centurySIGNATUREMyochin Ujiie saku EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A3, Novara 2012 The helmet (kabuto) of this authentic samurai armor incorporates on an older bowl (bachi) signed by Myochin Ujiie, an armorer documented in the official Myochin genealogies as second son and pupil of the famous Smith Nobuie. Among the typical...

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