leather samurai helmets

Mumei, Edo Period, 17th CenturyIron, 8.1 x 7.9 x 0.5 cmNBTHK Hozon Tōsogu Specifications: Tatemarugata, tetsu-ji, ji-sukashi, kebori, kaku-mimi ko-niku The pierced design shows an omodaka plant among canes and a wild goose flying.Sagittaria water plantain (omodaka) first appeared as a design for tsuba in the Heian period. From such early beginnings, this decorative plant has shared a long history with the samurai. Also known as “shogun’s grass” (shogunso), it was held in high esteem as a symbol of victory.The tsuba comes with a Hozon Tōsogu certificate (fitting...

Helmet and samurai maskEdo period, early 19th centurySignaturesKabuto: Nisshū ju KanemitsuMenpō: Sukemitsu The 32-plate helmet of suji-bachi type, consisting of 32 iron plates finished in sabiji-nuri, folded upward. On the diagonals are four shiten-no-byo rivets and related hibiki-no-ana.The menpō is beautifully finished, with sharp edges and meticulous decoration.Both the protection of the neck (shikoro) and that of the throat (tare) are bound with silk of three colors, echoing the omodaka (sagittaria leaf) motif popular between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in ō-yoroi-type armor...

Samurai armor bearing the “Nibiki” kamonEdo Period, 18th centuryExhibited:Special exhibition of armor masterpieces in Kanagawa, Hiratsuka, 1988-Literature:Special exhibition of armor masterpieces in Kanagawa - The beauty of Kinsei Mononofu: 1988, cat. 51 Kabuto [helmet]: 52-plate suji kabuto lacquered with tetsu-sabiji urushi. Four larger plates bearing gilt shinodare. Shikoro (neck guard) kiritsuke kozane. Fukigaeshi (helmet turns-back) decorated with stencilled leather and gilt brass borders, bearing a kamon of nibiki type (family crest with two bars). The visor (...

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