samurai armor construction

Late Edo period (1615-1867)Hiramaki-e, takamaki-e and gold kirikane.92 x 76 x 31 cmProvenance:Kyoto, Arashiyama MuseumLiterature:Tetsu to urushi no geijutsu - Kyôto Arashiyama Bijutsukan zôhinshû, Kyôto, 1986, pag. 70The construction of this antique shodana is somehow different and richer than the traditional Japanese model: even if in fact there are the fundamental elements, which are a lower compartment closed by two sliding doors and three intermediate shelves, in this piece, there are many other closed parts, including two drawers. More, there are several...

Samurai armor’s mask with fierce expressionMyōchin school, Mid Edo period, 18th centuryLiteratureG. Piva, Le armature dei Samurai: Luni Editrice, 2020, pag. 79 The unusual triangular shape of this unique samurai mask is accentuated by the two large yadome that embellish its thin cheekbones. With droplets and sporadic splashes of gin sawari, a pewter alloy that resembles silver, the surface is almost unique. This feature, together with the delicate design of specific details like the form of the ears and the nose-piece outline, suggests that the region of manufacture could be Kaga,...

Edo period (1615 - 1867)19th centuryIn order to emphasize their presence and dignity at military reviews or embassies, high-ranking samurai would wear on their cuirass a jinbaori, a knee-length sleeveless surcoat. In order to highlight the individuality of the samurai wearing it, the jinbaori, which first came into usage during the Momoyama period, is designed of flamboyant colors and materials.  Conversely, those made using the techniques commonly employed for armor are very rare, including the one, still from the Momoyama period, preserved at the...

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