samurai weapons and armor

Kamisaka Sekka
Waiting by a treeKamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)Hanging scroll, ink, and pigments on paper. Painting: 134 by 30,5 cmMounts: 200 x 48 cm This painting represents a man waiting under a dark tree. The composition is extremely simple but suggestive. The artist, with few elements, can, in fact, create a vivid and dynamic scene, based on the tension between the strong ink stain that renders the tree and the elegant figure of the man, dressed in an aristocratic robe.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artists who brought the traditional aesthetic in...

Shinshinto Yoshikuni KatanaSigned Yonezawa-jū Kato Yoshikuni米沢住義国Date: February 1862文久四年二月日NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Tōken Nagasa [lenght]: 69.4 cmMotohaba: 3.1 cm, sakihaba: 2.5 cmSugata [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune, ō-kissakiKitae [forging pattern]: mokume hada mixed with dense ko-itameHamon [tempering pattern]: Toranba in tight nioi-deki; ashi, yō and kaninotsumeBōshi [point]: midarekomi that becomes komaruNakago [tang]: ubu, Sujikai yasurime; two mekugi-ana; ha-agari kuri JiriOrigami: the blade comes with a Tokubetsu Hozon Tōken (SwordParticularly Worth of...

Kabuto Za-boshi16 plates samurai helmet DATEMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th centuryMEDIUMiron This heavy helmet is typical of the work of the armor makers in the province of Kaga. Each plate is fitted with a row of nine rivets of diminishing size toward the top, with the exception of the front and rear plates, the former with three rows of za-boshi and the latter left empty. The rivet heads bear a chrysantemoid shaped washer at the base (za-boshi).The mabizashi (visor) and the fukigaeshi are decorated with applied printed Dutch leather tooled...

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