gusoku armor

Ko-katchushi tsubaEarly to Mid Muromachi Period (1392-1568) PERIOD15th CenturyMATERIALIron with openwork decoration (sukashi)DIAMETER96 mm, maru-gata with beveled raised rim (takadotemimi)THICKNESSThickness at the seppadai: 3 mm. Thickness at the rim: 6 mm A karabana flower on one side and a kikyo over a  sakura on the other create a well-balanced composition. The delicate subject, careful finish and refined iron indicate a tsuba of high quality.Karabana design had been imported from China and do not resemble any real Japanese flower; this indicates that the decoration is...

SaihaiCommander batonMid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with silvered-copper mounts and paperLenght: 36.5 cm Born as a tool to control the troops, the saihai changed his function during the Edo period and became an accessory to wear with the armor as a symbol of power. 
The saihai's final can be in different materials; sometimes is applied directly to the stick, while some other time it hangs to a small rope, like in tn this case. The baton is fitted sith silvered applications on which a tahaka kamon (family crest), representing two crossed hawk feathers, indicate an important...

Sogonari kabuto
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...

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