sengoku armor

Samurai armor decorated with an embossed rabbitEdo period, 19th centuryThis authentic samurai armor is complete and original, with consistent elements. The helmet is a rare momonari kabuto (peach-shaped helmet) made of iron and constructed of eight plates connected with folded edges (suji-kabuto). The iron is finished with a warm-toned sabiji lacquer that is matched in color by the lacquer used to cover the shikoro (neck guard) and  the other horizontal plate parts. The five-element cuirass bears on the front an exceptional embossed decoration (...

Early Edo Period (1615-1867)Saika or Haruta School, 17th century A samurai mask of hanbo shape, covering half face and excluding the nose.The surface is finished with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks”) and all rivets are decorated with applied iron ornaments (kirigane) either in the shape of a chrysanthemum or of lozenges, as typical from the Saika school of armorers. The Saika school was founded in the early 17th century by a group of armor-makers of the Haruta group who moved to Kii province, in the village of Saika.The tare (throat protection) is in...

A russet iron samurai helmet with small standing rivetsEdo period, 17th-18th centurySigned: Saotome Iechika A russet iron (tetsu sabiji) sixty-two plate kabuto, each mounted with twenty-five small tapered standing rivets (ko-boshi) of decreasing size; the front plate, larger than the others, is fitted with two lines of rivets, while the rear one is left empty, for a total of 1.550 rivets.The typical "Saotome-byo" is visible under this lining, an extra rivet which is almost an additional signature of the Saotome armorers.The five-stage shikoro (neck protection) is in blue-laced...

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