samurai kabuto

Gunbai Uchiwa  Ventaglio da battaglia
Gunbai UchiwaWar fan Muromachi to Momoyama period, 16th centuryLacquered wood and bamboo, 46 x 21 cmLenght: 50 cm The various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the batter field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.Early gunbai were rather simple, with sober decoration. This one, as most of those from the Muromachi period, has a rather small flat area and a long bamboo handle in order to be easily used on...

Shinshinto Toshimitsu KatanaKanesaki Tenryushi Minamoto ToshimitsuSignature: 金崎天龍子源寿光Late Edo periodNBTHK Hozon Tōken as “Bizen, late Edo Period” (備前時代江戸後期) Nagasa [lenght]: 62.6 cmMotohaba: 3.2 cm, sakihaba: 2.2 cmSori: 1 cmSugata [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, shallow tori-zori, iori-mune, chu-kissaki (3 cm)Kitae [forging pattern]: tight itame hada toward nashiji hadaHamon [tempering pattern]: choji midare; ashiBōshi [point]: ko-maruNakago [tang]: ubu, kurijiri, ō-sujikai yasurime; one mekugi-ana; mei: “Kanesaki Tenryushi Minamoto Toshimitsu”Koshirae: The...

Miniature armor Ni-mai do tosei gusokuHeight: 50 cm 19th century During the 17th Century samurai families used to display a set of helmet and armor, weapons and banners outdoors on the Tango-no-Sekku Festival (The Boy’s Festival), held on the fifth day of the fifth month, designated as an important ceremonial day by the Edo Shogunate Government. Later in the Edo period these items, except for the banners, were moved indoor, on rooms facing the street. The style of displaying varied in accordance and the armors gradually became miniaturized, thus keeping splendid...

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