samurai yoroi

Mid Edo period, 18th centuryAlthough it has not been possible to identify exactly the armor’s provenance, stylistic analysis suggests a link to the Kuroda clan, whose armor shares many similarities with this one. The choice of a momonari kabuto, a peach-shaped helmet popular among Kuroda clan samurai, is the most visible characteristic, but the really noteworthy element, distinctive to this family's armor, is the typical twin fukigaeshi on the sides of the kabuto, made of kozane plates on an egawa surface (printed leather). This link would also be confirmed by the fuji kamon (family...

 PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th century  EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A2, Novara 2012 This authentic samurai armor of tosei gusoku type brings the coat of arms (kamon) with fish scale (uruko) design used by the Hirano clan, daimyō of Tawaramoto in Yamato province. The twelve-plates kabuto (helmet) of "pumpkin" shape (akoda-nari) is typical of this region, richly decorated with byakudan gold lacquer and...

Kakukuzin-nari kawari kabutoHelmet shaped as a cloth headgearMid Edo Period (1615-1867) 18th century  The kakuzukin, or squared cap, was formed by a rectangular cloth folded and sewn along the sides. The decoration over the iron bowl imitating this headgear is made in harikake, a mixture of papier-maché and lacquer that results light and solid at the same time. The last plate of the neck guard (shikoro) on this helmet is lacquered in gold.Harikake had been used during the Momoyama period (1573-1715) when generals begun to wear large helmets shaped with unusual and extravagant...

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