tosei gusoku

Tatakinuri Nimai-dō Tosei GusokuSamurai Armor in the style of Kuroda clanMid Edo period, 18th centuryKabuto signed: “Haruta Tokimune”  This magnificent suit of amor bears a kamon (family crest) representing a Chinese character. Even if it has not been possible to find the exact clan where the armor came from, a stylistic analysis  suggests a strong connection with the Kuroda family, whose suits of armor have many features in common with the present one.The taste for large wakidate (side ornaments of the helmet) is the most evident feature. Even if the most famous...

Red and gold lacquer Japanese samurai armor, 17th Century
Dangae-dō tosei gusokuAssembled red and gold lacquer Japanese samurai armor PERIODEarly Edo period (1615-1868),  17th CenturyPROVENANCE Ii Naomasa This suit of armor seems to belong to the "Red Devils" samurai of Ii Naomasa, who used to wear red lacquered (shu-urushi) armor with large golden stylized horns on the kabuto. The armors of the Ii retainers were also red, together with banners and accessories, hence taking the name of “Ii no akazonae” (“the red equipment of Ii”).This interesting samurai armor shows two different styles...

Samurai armor in Sendai styleKabuto signed: Myochin Ujiie saku and dated August 1527 PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th centurySIGNATUREMyochin Ujiie saku EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A3, Novara 2012 The helmet (kabuto) of this excellent samurai armor incorporates on an older bowl (bachi) signed by Myochin Ujiie, an armorer documented in the official Myochin genealogies as second son and pupil of the famous Smith Nobuie. Among the typical...

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