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Kawari Bear Kabuto
Kawari Bear Kabuto

Tetsu Yon Mari Kuma Gashira Harikake Kabuto (IMPORTANT ITEM)

Age: Muromachi Period

Remarks: We at Shogun Art are proud to be able to offer such a rare and unqiue Kawari Kabuto to the international collector market. More details coming soon. Please enjoy the wonderful photos for now!

History: Coming soon.

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Rare Iron Kawari Kabuto
Rare Iron Kawari Kabuto

By Fujiwara Yoichi, Edo period, 18th century

The unusual helmet constructed from two sheets of iron riveted together along a medial crest and hammered into the form of a billowing sack used to hold grain, the front surface carved with a large coiling dragon and the reverse with lightning bolts, all rendered in kebori and highlighted with gold and silver overlays, the mabisashi with a scalloped edge and hammered up with prominent eyebrows, the surface decorated with two small confronted dragons in kebori and silver overlays, the edge fitted with silver rope fukurin, the bowl fitted with a three-lame russet-iron solid-plate shikoro carved with clouds, lightning bolts and Sanskrit manji characters, laced in blue spaced lacing with orange trim on the lowest lame, the top lame terminating in fukigaeshi carved with dragons and applied with gilt and iron mitsudomoe and foliage heraldic crests, signed on the interior of the bowl Negoro shi Fujiwara Yoichi saku and inscribed on the mabisashi Na Ito kore (wo) motsu (owned by Ito)

NOTES:

Provenance: Fujita Hajime, Okayama

Exhibited: Japan Society, New York, "Spectacular Helmets of Japan, 16th-19th Century", autumn 1985

Published: Alexandra Monroe, ed. Spectacular Helmets of Japan, 16th-19th Century, exh. cat., (New York: Japan Society, 1985), no. 61.

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Saika Samurai Kabuto
Saika Samurai Kabuto

Muromachi-Momoyama period (late 16th century)

Constructed of six plates with scalloped edges riveted together and finished with large standing rivets with floret bosses arranged in vertical rows and in one row encircling the crown, and another around the bottom of the helmet, the top of the bowl mounted with a large four-stage chrysanthemum tehen kanamono, the iron surface with fine file marks and flush inlaid with swirling dragons in silver and gold, each plate also applied with a cherry floret, the mabisashi hammered with prominent eyebrows and decorated with scrolling vines in fine silver flush inlays, the bowl fitted with a five-lame solid russet-iron shikoro with scalloped edges and close-laced in green, the lowest lame pierced at the corners with inoshishime and decorated with three dragons in silver flush inlays, the top lame terminating in "shogi game piece"-fukigaeshi with raised rim and pierced with Sanskrit characters

With Tokubetsu Kicho certificate issued by the Nihon Bugu Katchu Kenkyu Hozan Kai (Society for the preservation of Japanese armor) no. 1042, dated 2007.11.8

NOTES

Armor produced by the smiths from the area of Saika in Kii province (modern Wakayama) were distinctive in that they featured a set of prominent chrysanthemum rings set around the tehen, strong standing rivets and embossed eyebrows. Legend has it that they were inspired by the discovery of an ancient iron helmet that had washed up on the shores of the province in the 15th century.

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Hosokawa Daimyo Kabuto
Hosokawa Daimyo Kabuto

16th Century - SOLD

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Daimyo Horn Kabuto
Daimyo Horn Kabuto

Age: Edo Period

Remarks: We considered writing a detailed techinical description of this famous Kabuto. Then we realized that the best way to describe this magnificent Kabuto is to merely let the photos speak for themselves. This Kabuto was owned by a member of the famous Kuroda Clan. As verifed by an ancient Kuroda Clan scroll this Kabuto was actually worn in battle at Sekigahara. This item was purchased from a well known family collection in Japan and featured in the book "Spectacular Helmets of Japan". It was truly an honor to have been a temporary custodian of this historical piece.

Inquiries: It is our goal at Shogun Art to provide the finest in rare antique Samurai Armor. We are privileged to serve many collectors, museums and dealers from around the world. If you have an inquiry regarding a specific item please contact us.

If you are looking for specific items please let us know as we may already have just what you are looking for. If we don't currently have an item we can certainly locate it for you. We have the best direct sources of antique Samurai Armor in the world working with us. No exclusive Samurai Armor source anywhere in the world can provide you with a better selection of high quality items. Locating the very best Samurai Armor items is what we do every day.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Shogun Art. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Kawari Antler Kabuto
Kawari Antler Kabuto

Signed Saotome

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Kawari Samurai Kabuto
Kawari Samurai Kabuto

Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Nama Zunari Kabuto

Age: Edo period.

Remarks: The use of hats, hoods, and other everyday headgear for Kabuto motifs was popular among fashionable warriors of the Sengoku era. That was the period in which central administrative powers of the shogunal court collapsed and provincial warlords battled each other for local advantage and ultimate supremacy. Warriors vying for leadership took to wearing the most conspicuous and unusual Kabuto to attract attention to themselves. The shape of this Kabuto without any specific meaning is still quite impressive and an excellent example of a craftsman's best work. This Kawari Kabuto includes a stand, shipping, handling and insurance to anywhere in the world.

Inquiries: It is our goal at Shogun Art to provide the finest in rare antique Samurai Armor. We are privileged to serve many collectors, museums and dealers from around the world. If you have an inquiry regarding a specific item please contact us.

If you are looking for specific items please let us know as we may already have just what you are looking for. If we don't currently have an item we can certainly locate it for you. We have the best direct sources of antique Samurai Armor in the world working with us. No exclusive Samurai Armor source anywhere in the world can provide you with a better selection of high quality items. Locating the very best Samurai Armor items is what we do every day.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Shogun Art. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Myochin Samurai Kabuto
Myochin Samurai Kabuto

Myochin School 32 Plate Inlaid Suji Kabuto

By Myochin Yoshimasa, Muromachi period, late 16th century

The russet-iron Goshozan bowl constructed of thirty-two vertical plates, each inlaid with scrolling tendrils in silver, all riveted together and applied with gilt-copper fukurin covering the standing flanges of each plate, the crown mounted with a three-stage tehen kanamono carved with vines on a nanako ground, the mabisashi applied with stenciled doe skin, three chrysanthemum sanko no byo rivets and edged with gilt-copper fukurin, the small fukigaeshi lacquered with stylized constellation family crests, five-stage solid-plate shikoro lacquered black, signed on the interior of the bowl Sagami (no) kuni ju Yoshimasa, interior of bowl lacquered gold at a later date.

NOTES;
Yoshimasa was likely a student of Yoshimichi, one of the three early masters of the Myochin family of armor makers.

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Zunari Samurai Kabuto
Zunari Samurai Kabuto

Momoyama period (early 17th century)

Constructed of five iron plates riveted together in overlapping fashion with bold standing rivets (zaboshi) and hammered with prominent eyebrows on the mabisashi, the bowl lacquered entirely in gold and fitted with a five-lame Hineno-style shikoro, the small fukigaeshi applied with a gilt-copper plantain crest of the Mizuno family and trimmed with "rope" fukurin, the top of the bowl pierced with a simple tehen plugged with a shakudo cap.

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Samurai 32 Plate Suji Kabuto
Samurai 32 Plate Suji Kabuto

Edo period (18th century)

The iron helmet lacquered black and finished with silver fukurin and igaki, the chrysanthemum tehen kanamono gilt-copper and shakudo, the mabisashi hammered with eyebrows and lined wiht fukurin, five-lame shikoro of false scales close-laced in dark blue, the top lame ending in small fukigaeshi with gilt-copper family crests of a stylized constellation of three stars, the helmet mounted with a gold-lacquer maedate and an elaborate black-lacquered wood ushirodate designed as a Chinese architectural element pieced in the center with a family crest of a stylized constellation of three stars

With a Tokubetusu Kicho certificate issued by the Nihon Bugu Katchu Kenkyu Hozan Kai (Society for the preservation of Japanese armor) no. 1043, issued 2007.11.18

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62 Plate Saotome Kabuto
62 Plate Saotome Kabuto

By Saotome Ienari, Muromachi period, mid-16th century, the kuwagata dai and kuwagata by Myochin family, Edo period, 19th century

The helmet bowl constructed of iron vertical plates riveted together with the rear flange standing, and forming an elegant profile of gently sloping sides coming together in a slight indentation on the crown, topped with an iron four-stage kanamono carved with lappet flourishes on the lowest stage and a rope rim on the uppermost stage, the mabisashi set high on the bowl and fastened by three standing, rounded rivets, the edge trimmed in copper fukurin carved with vines, a simple three-lame shikoro adorns the bowl finishing in wide fukigasehi covered partly with stenciled doe skin and cross-knot lace embellishments, the center applied with cherry-blossom family crests, signed on the interior of the bowl Joshu ju Saotome Ienari, the kuwagata dai and kuwagata signed Myochin saku; the russet-iron menpo forged with a strong, straight, hinged nose piece and a protruding jaw, the cheeks applied with standing flanges (yadome), the surface finished with fine file marks, fitted with a two-plate lacquered-iron and leather yodarekake

NOTES

Saotome Ienari was the third master of the Saotome family of armor makers. He worked in the area that is modern Hitachi, active from 1532 to 1569.

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Red Lacquer 62 Plate Suji Kabuto and matching Menpo
Red Lacquer 62 Plate Suji Kabuto and matching Menpo

Edo period (18th century)

The iron helmet lacquered red and decorated with gilt-copper fukurin on each of the flanges ending in gold-lacquer igaki, the four-stage chrysanthemum tehen kanamono rendered in gilt-copper and copper, the base stage carved with scrolling vines, the mabisashi trimmed with a gilt-copper fukurin carved with vines, the bowl mounted with a red-lacquered iron five-lame Hineno-style shikoro with small fukigaeshi painted with wisteria crests in gold lacquer; the iron menpo lacquered red and applied with a stiff boar-bristle mustache and chin tuft, fitted with a five-lame yodarekake

With Tokubetsu Kicho certificate no. 1502 issued by the Nihon Bugu Katchu Kenkyu Hozan Kai (society for the preservation of Japanese armor), dated 2007.11.18

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28 Plate Suji Nihojiro Kabuto
28 Plate Suji Nihojiro Kabuto

Muromachi-Momoyama period, 16th-17th century

Constructed of twenty-eight triangular russet-iron plates riveted together with the rear flange of each plate standing off the surface of the bowl and covered with gilt-copper fukurin, the front and rear of the bowl covered with a wide decorative strip of gilt copper, the plates further adorned with alternating rows of gilt-copper and shakudo shinodare and standing bosses, each of the suji applied with igaki carved with scroll, the mabizashi trimmed with shakudo fukurin carved with vines, and applied with leather and silk cord and accented with star-shaped rivets and sanko no byo, fitted with a three-lame wide lacquered-leather shikoro laced in blue and orange, the corners of the lowest lame fitted with kanamono pierce-carved with chrysanthemums, fukigaeshi applied with stenciled doe skin and shakudo and gold cherry florets

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Suji Samurai Kabuto
Suji Samurai Kabuto

Muromachi-Edo period (16th-17th century)

Constructed of twenty-six iron plates riveted together and lacquered black, the ridges covered with gilt-copper fukurin and higaki around the base of the bowl, the top surmounted with a three-stage gilt-copper tehen kanamono, the mabizashi hammered up with with eyebrows and trimmed in fukurin to match the bowl, fitted with a five-lame Hineno-style shikoro lacquered gold and laced in pale blue, the fukigaeshi lacquered gold; the irom menpo witha rich chocolate patina and forged with wrinkles in the cheeks, bridge of the nose and corners of the mouth and applied with a short bristle mustache and chin tuft, fitted with a four-lame solid-plate yodarekake lacquered brown

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Saotome Hoshi Kabuto
Saotome Hoshi Kabuto

By Saotome Ienari, Edo period, 17th century

Constructed of sixty-two narrow plates, each riveted with standing rivets gradually decreasing in diameter as they approach the top of the helmet, the crown with a slight reservoir where the rivets stop and the flanges encircle a two-stage shakudo tehen kanamono, the mabizashi and brown-lacquer fukigaeshi trimmed with shakudo "rope" fukurin, the fukigaeshi applied with gilt-metal crane crests, the five-lame shikoro laced in purple sugake-style lacing and trimmed on the lowest lame in black fur, signed on the interior Joshu ju Saotome Ienari

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Samurai Suji Iron Kabuto
Samurai Suji Iron Kabuto

Edo period (18th century)

The helmet constructed of eight heavy iron plates riveted together with exaggerated standing flanges at the rear of each plate and thickly coated with black lacquer, the top of the bowl fitted with a five-stage gilt-copper and shakudo tehen kanamono designed as a chrysanthemum, the first stage pierced with chrysanthemum petals and the upper stages carved with floral scrolls, the opening capped with a removable shakudo nanako stopper; the Hineno-style five-lame shikoro laced in spaced lacing with the lowest lame highlighted in orange and pale yellow cross-knots and lacquered to resemble pebbled leather, the fukigaeshi lacquered to match and applied with a gilt-copper Yanagisawa clan floret crest, the fukigaeshi and mabisashi trimmed with shakudo fukurin carved with floral scrolls; the front three plates with dents from test bullets

With a Tokubetusu Kicho certificate issued by the Nihon Bugu Katchu Kenkyu Hozan Kai (Society for the preservation of Japanese armor) no. 1498, issued 2007.11.18

NOTES

Provenance: Yanagisawa family, by repute

Bullet tests became quite common in the Edo period. Armor makers began producing tameshi gusoku (bullet-proof armor) and tests were done on the suits to see whether they would live up to their name.