kabuto helmet

Red lacquered Saika samurai helmetHaruta school, Momoyama period (1573-1615) The Haruta armourers who moved to Kii province in the early 17th century took the name from the village where they worked, Saika, near Wakayama, possibly on request of the local daimyo, Asano Yukinaga, a great armour amateur. Specialized in the construction of plate helmets, they produced few typologies of kabuto. Among them, the most “classical” is made of six large plates with another large one on top shaped as a chrysanthemum; all the plates are joint with rives decorated with washers (za-...

Okina SōmenA full face russet iron samurai amour’s mask formed and decorated to resemble the face of an old manEdo period, 18th centuryArmor for the face - mengu - developed towards the end of the Muromachi Period (1336- 1573) with the double role of protection and a fastening point for the kabuto ropes through hooks or rings. However, masks that completely cover the face were never common, as not very practical, and their spread was restricted to high-ranking samurai who could wear them for official occasions as an indication of their social status. For this reason original sōmen are...

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...

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