SOLD! Beautiful and Stunning “Tengu” Japanese Samurai Kabuto.
Beautiful and stunning “Tengu” style Kawari Japanese Samurai Kabuto. This is a very rare style helmet.
Tengu, in Japanese folklore is a type of mischievous supernatural being, sometimes considered the reincarnated spirit of one who was proud and arrogant in life. Tengu are renowned swordsmen and are said to have taught the military arts to the Minamoto hero Yoshitsune. They live in trees in mountainous areas.
This Kabuto is attributed to Fukutake Ichiro who is considered to be the amongst the most talented smiths of his generation and his particular skill was embossing. Although his work is often not signed, the present example is almost certainly one of his pieces. For comparative pieces see S. Yoshihiko, Shin Katchushi Meikan, 2000.
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