sengoku armor

Tsutsumi-dō tosei gusokuSamurai Armor with leather-covered cuirassKaga schoolMid Edo period, 18th-19th century This suite of armor features two characteristics that can be often found on suits made in the region of Kaga: the leather surface and the different color of the last plates.  The whole surface, except for the kabuto bachi and the mask, is in fact covered with black leather. The use of leather instead of lacquer to protect the iron surface is something seen very often on Kaga armor, as well as the scattered gilt surface of the last plate of each element. The helmet (...

 Nanban (momonari) koboshi kabutoMomoyama period, 16th-17th century This unique shape helmet is made of 32 plates joined with standing rivets. The rivets are quite large at the base and are placed near the suji of each plate. The back central plate runs inside the helmet to join each pair of plates at the ridge, fixed with an extra rivet for each joint. At the peak, a sort of beak-shaped element has beed inserted, to design the typical cabasset peak from which the momonari design derives. As usual, the direction of the peak is toward the front and not toward the back as seen in the...

Saihai
SaihaiSamurai comman der batonMid Edo Period, 18º centuryWood with silvered-copper mounts; paper finalLenght: 37 cm A rare saihai in red lacquer with golden foliage decoration and kamon (family crest) of the Tokugawa clan.Born as a tool to control the troops, the saihai changed his function during the Edo period and became an accessory to wear with the armor as a symbol of power.The saihai's final can be in different materials; sometimes is applied directly to the stick, some others hung with a small rope. In this case, it is decorated with hair, attached directly to the stick....

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