samurai uniform

Samurai armor decorated with an embossed rabbitEdo period, 19th centuryThis authentic samurai armor is complete and original, with consistent elements. The helmet is a rare momonari kabuto (peach-shaped helmet) made of iron and constructed of eight plates connected with folded edges (suji-kabuto). The iron is finished with a warm-toned sabiji lacquer that is matched in color by the lacquer used to cover the shikoro (neck guard) and  the other horizontal plate parts. The five-element cuirass bears on the front an exceptional embossed decoration (...

Suji-bachi kabuto
28-plate sabi-ji iron samurai helmet DATELate Edo period 1615 - 1867), 19th centuryARTISTMyochin schoolMEDIUMSabi-ji ironFIRMABoth helmet and mask signed “Muneharu” with kao The helmet with an elegant shape and hammered rivets on view, with a rare construction called “double shell”. With this technique, each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one. As a result, the bowl is ribbed from the outside but completely flat inside and the surface is contracted everywhere by a double layer of iron with...

Otagaki Rengetsu(1791-1875)WillowHanging scroll, ink on paper196 by 46 cm (mount 230 x 72.5)The painting represents a slender willow, gently soaring from the left accompanied by a poem about the willow itself. The calligraphy is flowing elegant and refined, windingly written, as typical of Rengetsu’s style. The poem reads: 千  青柳の下ゆく水にかげみえて聲もながるる春のうぐひすBeneath green willowsin the waters flowingdownstream―the shadow and voiceof a spring warbler.Poet, calligrapher, painter and potter, Otagaki Rengetsu was a Japanese Buddhist nun and one of the few prominent Japanese...

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