shogun armor

Mumei, Edo Period, 17th CenturyIron, 8.1 x 7.9 x 0.5 cmNBTHK Hozon Tōsogu Specifications: Tatemarugata, tetsu-ji, ji-sukashi, kebori, kaku-mimi ko-niku The pierced design shows an omodaka plant among canes and a wild goose flying.Sagittaria water plantain (omodaka) first appeared as a design for tsuba in the Heian period. From such early beginnings, this decorative plant has shared a long history with the samurai. Also known as “shogun’s grass” (shogunso), it was held in high esteem as a symbol of victory.The tsuba comes with a Hozon Tōsogu certificate (fitting...

Gunbai Uchiwa  Ventaglio da battaglia
Muromachi to Momoyama period, 16th centuryLacquered wood and bamboo, 46 x 21 cmLenght: 50 cm The various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the batter field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.Early gunbai were rather simple, with sober decoration. This one, as most of those from the Muromachi period, has a rather small flat area and a long bamboo handle in order to be easily used on the batter field. The flat...

Samurai armor signed Myochin MuneakiOkegawa-do tosei gusokuLate Edo period (1615-1867), 19th centuryThis Japanese armor features a good heavy sujibachi-kabuto made our of 24 riveted plates, adorned with an excellent gilt-wood dragon maedate and fitted with a hon-kozane shikoro (neck protection). The signature inside the helmet reads “Myochin ki Muneaki” and belongs to an armorer from the Myochin school who worked in Himeji (Harima) during the latter part of the Edo period. The kamon (family crest) of the Sakai family, for whose he worked, is printed on the two leather covers of...

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