japanese armor

Nuinobe-dō Tosei GusokuEarly to mid Edo period, 17th-18th century This samurai armor is of very good quality. Laced in white with parts covered either with black lacquer or leather, it bears overall a cross-shaped family crest (kurosu kamon).The stunning kawari kabuto (extraordinary helmet) of momonari outline is fitted with two original  very unusual large decorations (wakidate) in the shape of hamaguri clamshells. The front is fitted with a sun-shaped maedate.The iyo-zane dō (cuirass made of small plates laced side-by-side) is decorated with sophisticated application (kanagu...

TessenFighting fanMid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with pigments and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 35.5Iron fan with an elegant shape, with nine bamboo ribs.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan  played a significant role in Japanese etiquette, especially on formal occasions, and was rarely ever out of a samurai's possession. Perhaps because it was considered such an ordinary item, it was easily employed as a suitable side arm with only minor modifications. These weapons, called tessen,...

HoateIron half mask for samurai armorEarly Edo Period (1615-1867)Saika or Haruta School, 17th century A samurai mask of hanbo shape, covering half face and excluding the nose.The surface is finished with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks”) and all rivets are decorated with applied iron ornaments (kirigane) either in the shape of a chrysanthemum or of lozenges, as typical from the Saika school of armorers. The Saika school was founded in the early 17th century by a group of armor-makers of the Haruta group who moved to Kii province, in the village of Saika....

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