japanese armor

Miniature kabutoA miniature hoshi-bachi samurai helmetThe second half of Edo Period (1615-1867)19th CenturyThe diameter of hachi: 8 cm circaThe small sixteen plates samurai helmet with standing rivets is mounted with engraved plates on the front and on the back, on which gilt shinodare are applied. Visor (mabizashi) and fukigaeshi are decorated with gold maki-e lacquer with a design of flowers and mythical beasts. The three plates shikoro (neck protection)  is finished with red lacquer.During the 17th Century samurai families used to display a set of helmet and armor, weapons and banners...

GunsenWar fanEdo Period (1615-1868)Lacquered wood, paper, gold foil, pigmentsSpoke length: 33.5 cmWide: 56 cm The outer spokes bring a gilt kamon (family crest) of mokko (melon) type.Folding military fans (gunsen) were used by samurai while camp during wartime. They usually have eight or sixteen tines, with a broader tine on either end. The sun and the moon, in gold or silver and crimson, adorn the fan’s faces. While their original function was straightforward- to cool the user in hot weather- folding fans were used for military purposes beginning in ancient times. During the...

Nanban Tosei GusokuIncorporating a cabasset helmetEarly Edo period, 16th-17th century European armor was brought into Japan through trade with Spain and Portugal in the 16th century. With the introduction of firearms, the Japanese would, in fact, imitate those suits of armor, designed to deflect bullets, and began producing them in Japan, which were collectively called nanban (“Southern barbarian”) indicating a foreign origin.This rare composite samurai armor incorporates interesting elements made in this style as well as an original European helmet bowl mounted in Japanese...

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