samurai tsuba

Katana in ito-no-maki koshiraeA Odawara Soshu samurai sword attributed to Yasuharu  Provenance:W. A. Compton CollectionDATEMuromachi Period, circa 1540-50NAGASA [length]: 74.8 cmMOTOHABA [bottom width]: 3.1 cmSAKIHABA[top width]: 2.1 cmSORI [curvature]: 1.2 cmSUGATA [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, koshi-zori curvature with chu-kissakiKITAE [forging pattern]: very compact ko-itameHAMON[temper line]: flamboyant and wide choji midare with nie; extensive hitatsura and some muneyakiBOSHI [point temper line]: hakikake with o-maru; long kaeriNAKAGO...

Suji-bachi kabutoA 62-plates samurai helmet bearing the crest of the Nabeshima clan, circa 1570-1620.Signed: Myōchin NobutakaThis excellent kabuto is signed by an unrecorded Japanese armorer and is hence an important documental piece. The style and the signature suggest Nobutaka was a student of Myochin Nobuie working between 1570 and 1620; the inside of the helmet has been in fact later inscribed with the date “Tenbun 3” (1534 in Japanese calendar) to suggest this is a work from his master’s period.The inside bears also three votive inscriptions in red lacquer.The mounts...

Half mask for samurai armor Early to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryEarly to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryIwai Yozaemon was armorer for Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Momoyama period and was appointed official bakufu armorer when he became shōgun. His school has then been active in Nara for many decades, producing two main styles of masks, the oie-bo and the etchū-bo. This second one featured very well defined facial treats and the surface was covered with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks"). In the Meiko Zukan there is a drawing which...

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