shogun armour

Kakukuzin-nari kawari kabutoHelmet shaped as a cloth headgearMid Edo Period (1615-1867) 18th century  The kakuzukin, or squared cap, was formed by a rectangular cloth folded and sewn along the sides. The decoration over the iron bowl imitating this headgear is made in harikake, a mixture of papier-maché and lacquer that results light and solid at the same time. The last plate of the neck guard (shikoro) on this helmet is lacquered in gold.Harikake had been used during the Momoyama period (1573-1715) when generals begun to wear large helmets shaped with unusual and extravagant...

Iris and Water Plantain (kakitsubata ni omodaka)Mumei, late Muromachi Period, 16th CenturyIron, 7.7 x 7.6 x 0.4 cmNBTHK Hozon Tōsogu Specifications: Marugata, tetsu-ji, ji-sukashi, maru-mimi For an almost identical tsuba see:Sasano M., Japanese Sword Guards Masteripeces from The Sasano Collection, Vol. I, nr. 66 The floral composition of iris and water plantain appears to be among the oldest of this type. The use of open space and thin, sharp lines contrasts to the heavier leaves of the composition. This tsuba has characteristics reminiscent of a period prior to the...

Half mask for samurai armor Early to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryEarly to mid-Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryIwai Yozaemon was armorer for Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Momoyama period and was appointed official bakufu armorer when he became shōgun. His school has then been active in Nara for many decades, producing two main styles of masks, the oie-bo and the etchū-bo. This second one featured very well defined facial treats and the surface was covered with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks"). In the Meiko Zukan there is a drawing which...

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