yoroi armor

SaihaiCommander baton Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)Wood with golden-copper mounts and horsehairLenght: 56 cmBorn 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. The ends of the stick are decorated with golden fittings carrying two kamon (family crests)...

 Stag antler netsuke representing a Mongol archer 18 Th. century6.6 cm Stag antler netsuke representing the massive figure of a standing Mongolian archer, wearing a full armor under a long-sleeved robe. The archer is shown with his arms stretched along the body while holding a bow in the left hand and an arrow in the right one.  The figure is probably a dattanjin, a stranger inhabitant of Dattan and Orankai, the Chinese area where Mongolian and Tartars used to live. Though it was a so common subject, the similitude with the real looks of dattanjin might be...

Sogonari kabuto
Sogonari kabutoSamurai helmet shaped as a human headEarly Edo Period (1615 - 1867) Three-plates kawari kabuto covered with tawny hair to resemble a human head.Samurai helmets with this shape are not unusual, but a feature worth noting on this kabuto is that the hair covers the whole helmet, including the visor (mabizashi), while the front side of these samurai helmets is usually lacquered. Notable exceptions with the same surface treatment are two well-known kabuto: one from the armor that Hideyoshi presented to Date Masamune (now in the Sendai City Museum) and...

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