japanese shogun 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...

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...

A standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly GeneralsHeian period, 12th centuryJapanese cypressHeight 98 cm The Twelve Heavenly Generals (Jūni Shinshō) protect and serve Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha. In Japanese antique sculpture and art, they are almost always grouped in a protective circle around Yakushi Nyorai and might have symbolized the twelve vows of Yakushi, or the protection during the 12 daylight hours, or even the 12 months, the 12 cosmic directions or the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Jūni Shinshō are also members of the Tenbu, a larger grouping...

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