gusoku armor

Complete samurai armorEarly Edo Period, 17th century Kabuto [helmet]: 32-plate so-fukurin kabuto. The shikoro (neck guard) is all in hon-kozane (true scale), divided in three sections.Menpō [mask]: A rare lacquered iron ressei-men (mask with fierce expression) with a large nose and no mustache.Dō [cuirass]: Maru-dō (made in a single piece) with hon-kozane (true scale) construction. The lacing is in two different style, with a difference in the central part (munakoshitori); gilt-brass rims and fine pierced kanamono (application).Sode [shoulder guards]: Mid-size type (chu-sode), with a cut...

 Commander 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...

Azuchi-Momoyama period (1575 - 1615)16th century, refurbished in 1796 Provenance:Takekoshi Dochin (died 1556)Matsuoka OshikasukeInscribed under one sode: 寛政癸戌春被属修理 / 竹腰道鎮公古甲 松岡牡鹿輔 + kaoAccording to a label stitched inside one of the sode, the armor was repaired in 1796. The inscription is signed by Matsuoka Oshikasuke, a scholar of the Tokugawa clan, retainer in Nagoya, student of Motoori Norinaga.Takekoshi Dochin, whose name is written by Oshikasuke in his inscription, was a general commander of the Sengoku period, lord of the Ogaki castle in Mino. He died in 1556 during the battle of...

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