samuri helmets

Hineno zunari kabutoHead-shaped samurai helmet PERIODEarly Edo period (1615-1868), 17th centuryPRICE4,000 € This samurai helmet is built with five iron plates that form a flat surface which has been lacquered in black. The neck guard (shikoro) of Hineno type comprises five plates and small fukigaeshi (turned-back portions).Antique samurai helmets of this type were originally made during the late Muromachi period and became popular for their functionality. With such a plain construction they were, in fact, easy to produce but could be made with thick and resistant...

Scenes from the Heike MonogatariA six-panel folding screen DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 18th centuryMEDIUMInk, color, gofun and gold-leaf on paperDIMENSIONS153 by 316 cm The scene depicts the famous Japanese battle at Ichinotani, featuring the surprise attack by Minamoto forces, led by Yoshitsune, upon the Taira stronghold. On the lower part, the Heike (Taira) leader Tomonori riding out toward his boats, while on the left part Kumagai Naozane is gesturing with his fan toward the seventeen-year-old Taira Atsumori calling out to him: “I see that you are a Commander...

Akoda-nari sujibachi kabuto
Akoda-nari sujibachi kabutoEarly Edo Period (1615-1867)Haruta School, 17th Century. The tenkokuzan shape of this helmet, lower in the center and slightly higher on the back, is somehow more round than usual, resembling the akodanari profile from the medieval helmets of Haruta school. Although the kabuto is unsigned, the shape and some other features, such as plates’ embossing, suggest an attribution to this school, one of the oldest in Japan. The black lacquer finish was in fact already used on older kabuto, while the gold and silver decoration is an...

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