japanese armor mask

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...

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...

Armor of Sansai typeEarly Edo period (1615 - 1867)17th centuryInscribed in various parts: Nishimura Kiyomune Hosokawa Sansai (or Tadakoi 1563 - 1646) was a successful general; he modified the traditional gusoku creating the model now know under his name. These are simple and very practical armors, that reflect the elegant artistic sensibility of Sansai, who was also a tea ceremony master.The kabuto is of Etchu (zunari) type; the cuirass in iyozane maru, often covered in lacquer. The mask is always an hanbo and sode are not...

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