AVAILABLE - Rare and Beautiful Signed Bamen Samurai Kabuto
Signed Bamen School Tomonori; Jo I, early Edo period (ca. 1620) Tetsu Sabiji 8 Ken Hoshi Kabuto with Yasuri Menpo. (VERY HEAVY - Built for war!)
An Iron Hoshi Kabuto with Yasurime Menpo
Edo period (1615-1869), 18th century
Constructed of eight very heavy gauge russet-iron plates most likely case-hardened with a signature Bamen medial ridge running down from the top of the front plate and signed Tomonori; early Edo period (ca. 1620). . Each plate with six rounded rivets [hoshi] with the rear of the kabuto sporting a gilt copper kasa jirushi [ring] with for securing a helmet flag to the hachi common among high ranking samurai, now sporting a bow. At the crest is an exquisitely crafted eight stage gilt copper and shakudo tehen-no-kanamono. A broad mabizashi dipping at the temples with chased silver fukurin [trim]. Skirting the hachi is a gilt lacquer five-lame hineno-jikoro [close-fitting neck-guard] of kiritsuke-kozane [imitation lamellae] is finished in royal blue kebiki-odoshi [close-spaced lacing]. Liner and chin cords present. A russet-iron yasurime [incised lines] menpo with brass teeth, moustache and imperial and matching tare [throat guard] completes the arrangement.
The Bamen family of helmet makers worked in Echizen province (Fukui Prefecture) and were well known in the late Muromachi period for producing high-quality helmets of unusual design.
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