samurai helmets

Early Edo period, Kaga Myōchin school17th centuryRemovable nose and horsehair application; the surface finished with a file-marks pattern (yasurime).This large menpo shows all the main features of the masks produced in the Kaga area by the various schools of armorers that were active there. The triangular jaw delimited by prominent semicircular embossed parts, the wide oval mouth without teeth and the surface with parallel lines engraved one by one (yasurime) are in fact all recurring elements of the masks produced in this region.We still don’t know how the different Kaga...

Samurai mask with a file mark patternEdo period, 19th centurySigned: Myōchin Ki Munekane Provenance:Jean Saporta Collection, Paris  Literature:Iida Kazuo, Katchu-men (Tokyo, 1991), cat. 105  The mask has a rare finish with parallel engravings going in different directions and high-grade iron applications. 

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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