samuri helmets

Sogonari KabutoSamurai Helmet shaped as a Human HeadEarly Edo Period (1615 - 1867) Three-plates kawari kabuto covered with tawny hair to resemble a human head.Samurai helmets with this shape are not unusual, but a feature worth noting on this kabuto is that the hair covers the whole helmet, including the visor (mabizashi), while the front side of these samurai helmets is usually lacquered. Notable exceptions with the same surface treatment are two well-known kabuto: one from the armor that Hideyoshi presented to Date Masamune (now in the Sendai City Museum) and...

Suji-bachi kabuto
Suji-bachi kabuto
A russet iron samurai helmetDATEMid Edo period, 18th centuryMEDIUMIronSIGNJōshū jū Saotome Ieharu A rare 62-plate kabuto. The plates are joined with hammered rivets, invisible from the outside. In the interior, the “Saotome-byo" is visible, as a typical feature of the Saotome armor makers.Each plate is connected with seven rivets and shows an embossed shape that reveals a very strong construction of the whole kabuto that can be very effective against bullets: each plate is in fact strongly curved but then flatten under the next one; as a result, the bowl...

Koboshi kabutoSamurai helmet with standing rivetsHaruta SchoolEarly Edo Period, 17th Century A 62-plate koboshi-bachi [helmet bowl with small standing rivets] of typical tenkokuzan form, with 30 pointed rivets on each plate decreasing in size towards the top, with the exception of the larger front plate, with three lines of rivets and the small one on the back which is left blank, for a total of 1,890 rivets.Even if unsigned, the tenkokuzan shape of the bowl (bachi), lower in the center and slightly higher on the back and some other features such as the...

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