kabuto helmet

Ryubu menpōHalf mask for samurai armor with a noble expression DATEMid Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th/19th centuryARTISTMyōchin school The nose is detachable and two yadome run along the cheeks to reinforce the mask and to hold the kabuto's laces firmly.Even if the mask in unsigned, the type and the features suggest a smith from the Myochin school. INVENTORY N.: men-1193Menpo for sale. Price on application.  

Akoda-nari sujibachi kabuto
Akoda-nari sujibachi kabutoEarly Edo Period (1615-1867)Haruta School, 17th Century. The tenkokuzan shape of this helmet, lower in the center and slightly higher on the back, is somehow more round than usual, resembling the akodanari profile from the medieval helmets of Haruta school. Although the kabuto is unsigned, the shape and some other features, such as plates’ embossing, suggest an attribution to this school, one of the oldest in Japan. The black lacquer finish was in fact already used on older kabuto, while the gold and silver decoration is an...

Suji-bachi kabuto
Suji-bachi kabuto
A russet iron samurai helmetDATEMid Edo period, 18th centuryMEDIUMIronSIGNJōshū jū Saotome Ieharu A rare 62-plate kabuto. The plates are joined with hammered rivets, invisible from the outside. In the interior, the “Saotome-byo" is visible, as a typical feature of the Saotome armor makers.Each plate is connected with seven rivets and shows an embossed shape that reveals a very strong construction of the whole kabuto that can be very effective against bullets: each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one; as a result, the bowl...

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