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Gyu To Nari Hari Kake Kabuto
Gyu To Nari Hari Kake Kabuto

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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.

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Saotome Antler Kabuto
Saotome Antler Kabuto

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Age: Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: Signed, "Joshu Ju Saotome Iyechika". A wonderfully crafted Shiinominari Kabuto with wakidate stylized antlers.

Saotome Iyechika is ranked as a Jo Jo I smith. Considered to be "Excellent". With only 10% of all armor smiths in the category. Only three other smiths were ever graded higher. Iyechika worked in Hitachi during the late Muromachi period (1500-1573).

Several examples of this type of Kabuto are exhibited in museums around the world including the Peabody Museum in Masachusetts. We are fortunate to have two of them in this exhibition.

This Kabuto belonged to a Daimyo known as "Abenoto No Kami". He had a 100,000 goku fiefdom in Oshu Shirakawa, Joshu (somewhere in the present day Tohoku region).

This Kabuto has also been published and graded by the NKBKHK Japanese Armour Society.

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Daimyo Tetsu Sabiji So-Fukurin 28 Ken Suji
Daimyo Tetsu Sabiji So-Fukurin 28 Ken Suji

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Age: Muromachi Period. (1333 - 1573)

Remarks: A beautiful example of a Warring Period Kabuto. The Kabuto has flanges that have been capped by gilded so fukurin trim. Gilded igaki plates with decorative pierced inome and decorative engravings are placed between each plate. The egawa leather is original to tha Kabuto. Three shinodare flanges cover the front plate and two on the rear plate typical of Kabuto constructed during this period. Beautiful engraved trim has been added to the edges of the shikoro. A kuro urushi nuri kiritsuke kozane shikoro is fitting to the hachi with rivets that have been crafted in the shape of the crest on the fukegaeshi. Publications such the Jyuyo Bunka Zai Shiro Zuroku regularly rank Kabuto such as this as the highest grade of Juuyo.

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 at 1-877-827-8157. Or send us an e-mail and include your name and item number.

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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Tetsu Sabiji Okete Negui Nari Kabuto
Tetsu Sabiji Okete Negui Nari Kabuto

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Age: Muromachi-Momoyama Period

Remarks: The inscription on this famous piece reads "SAIKA YOSHIHISA" "KISHU MUNEHARU JU". Yoshihisa is the smith. An original matched set. This Kabuto has been published in several armor publications and can been seen in the Wakayama City Museum book "Saika Kabuto No Sagaru", as well as pg.45 in "Spectacular Helmets of Japan 16th-19th Century". The is a very rare piece.

"It has long been a custom in Japan to use tengui, an oblong cloth having the standard lengths of some fourteen inches long and some twelve inches wide, for all kinds of utilitarian purposes from washcloth to head-band. This utilitarian helmet represents a tengui folded and placed on the top of the head, in a style that is typically worn in Japan. The construction of this helmet represents a departure in the manufacture and technology of late 16th century ironwork with the use of rivets to piece together the five iron plates. Helmets made in this way and patterned after the tengui were produced by armorers from Saika in the province of Kii."

This Kabuto comes from the Fujta Collection.

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62 Ken Hoshi Kabuto. Signed Saotome Ienari
62 Ken Hoshi Kabuto. Signed Saotome Ienari

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Age:Early Edo period.

Remarks: This is an excellent example of the work of the Saotome School Master Armorer Ienari. The hachi has a clean precise appearance with finely finished ridges. There is a wonderful exactness in the almost perfect placement of the rounded rivets as they gradually decrease in size up to the apex. The beautiful lacquered fukigaeshi turn back to feature a Tsuru crest in gilt brass. The shikoro is in very nice condition and is laced in close fitting faded purple colored lace. The shikoro is lacquered in black. The shikoro also features an unusual technique used to fasten the bear fur trim along the lower lame edge. It is absolutely unbelievable to note that this is the original bear fur used when this kabuto was made over 350 years ago. This is the only example I have seen with nearly 100% of the bear fur still intact. The ukebari is intact and original to the Edo period. This Kabuto is original and reflects it's appropriate age.

The inscription inside the Hachi reads "Jou-shuu sumu Saotome Ienari Suhou tsuru no maru". "Joushuu" is an alternate name for Hitachi, an ancient kuni or little country. These were feudal domains preceding the modern prefectures. "Sumu" the verb to reside, indicates the smith lived and worked in Joushuu. "Suhou" was the name of the clan from the area around present day Nagano prefecture. "Tsuru" means crane and refers to the family crest. This specific variation is not listed in the Daimyo registry but because it is expensively made it most likely belonged to a high ranking Samurai known as a "Karo" or vice Daimyo. When compared to the legions of Myochin smiths, the Saotome were a very small family with only 16 smiths bearing the name. What the family lack in numbers it made up for in the quality of workmanship.

Inquiries: It is our goal at Shogun Armory 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 at 1-877-827-8157. Or send us an e-mail and include your name and item number.

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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Tetsu Yon Mari Kuma Gashira Harikake Kabuto
Tetsu Yon Mari Kuma Gashira Harikake Kabuto

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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.

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Eboshi Nari No Kabuto
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Eboshi Nari No Kabuto

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Age: Edo Period

Remarks: A beautiful, well formed, black lacquer bowl made of iron shaped in the form of a court cap. The five lame shikoro is black lacquered hineno jikoro style laced in sugake odoshi faded blue lacing. The hachi is finished with gold lacquered dragons. Overall this piece is in very good condition for its age. Eboshi Kabuto or courtier's cap helm were a form of Kawari Kabuto as it was made into the likeness of the Eboshi. These Kabuto were originally derived from Nara period (8th century) hats. Referred to as "single-valley helmets", said to be named after the steep valley Ichinotani in Hyougo prefecture. It was an aristocratic item of headgear worn by Japanese nobles. Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611) was one of the most famous individuals to wear such a helmet and his in particular was very striking because it was so tall.

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Nama Zunari Kabuto
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Nama Zunari Kabuto

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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.

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Saotome Shiinomi-Nari Kabuto
Saotome Shiinomi-Nari Kabuto

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Age: Muromachi Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: A beautiful signed Saotome Iyechika Shiinomi style 32 plate Kabuto. This helmet is often confused with the Toppai style. The principle characteristic which differentiates between them is the higher pointed crown of the Shiinomi. In making this bowl Saotome Iyechika abandoned the use of the "s" shaped plate which characterizes much of the work of the Saotome in favor of a flatter plate. At the front of the bowl is a spring hook "tsunomoto" for the attachment of the fore crest "maedate". The visor "mabisashi" is secured by three large iron rivets "san ko no byo".

Saotome Iyechika is ranked as a Jo Jo I smith. Considered to be "Excellent". With only 10% of all armor smiths in the category. Only three other smiths were ever graded higher. Iyechika worked in Hitachi during the late Muromachi period (1500-1573).

Several examples of this type of Kabuto are exhibited in museums around the world including the Peabody Museum in Massachusetts.

More details and photos available upon request.


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 send us an e-mail.

No exclusive Samurai Armor source anywhere in the world can provide you with a better selection of high quality items. Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Shogun Art. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Nambanboushinari Kabuto
Nambanboushinari Kabuto

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Age: Momoyama Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection


Remarks: With the arrival of the Portugese in Japan in 1543 the 16th century saw great changes in Japanese armour styles.

As a result of European contacts the Japanese developed European style armour usually after Italian morions or cuirasses called "Namban-gusoku" or southern barbarian armour, which was highly valued. The demand was fueled by the boom for the exotic and foreign. Daimyo eager to stand out quickly began to order custom kabuto such as this one.

Western design motif with extensive use of “silver splatter” sawari hightlight this unique Kabuto. Namban armor was produced for a short period of time until about 1645 when westerners were shut back out of Japan.

The Japanese were first rather dismissive of the manners of the newly arrived foreigners. A contemporary Japanese account relates: "They eat with their fingers instead of with chopsticks such as we use. They show their feelings without any self-control. They cannot understand the meaning of written characters" (from Boxer, “Christian century”).



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Kawari Kabuto
Kawari Kabuto "Important Historical Item"

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Age: Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568-1603)

Provenance: The Kozu Collection/The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: This important historical item is attributed to the famous Samurai Akechi Mitsuhide. Having been a part of the Kozu Collection this piece comes with a written provenance.

As an important Kawari style Kabuto this piece exhibits some remarkable craftsmanship. Made of iron with the original wakidate.

Akechi Mitsuhide (1528-1582) was a Samurai who lived during the Sengoku Period of Feudal Japan. Mitsuhide was a general under Daimyo Oda Nobunaga, although he later betrayed Nobunaga and caused him to commit seppuku.

Born in Mino province as a descendant of the Toki clan, Mitsuhide began serving Nobunaga after Nobunaga's conquest of Mino province in 1566. Although Nobunaga rarely put too much trust in his retainers, he particularly trusted Mitsuhide. After Mitsuhide received Sakamoto he moved to pacify the Tamba region by defeating several clans such as the Isshiki of Tango.

In 1579, he captured Yakami castle from Hatano Hideharu by promising Hideharu peace terms. This accomplished Mitsuhide's goal, although Nobunaga betrayed the peace agreement and had Hideharu executed. This displeased the Hatano family, and a short while later several of Hideharu's retainers murdered Akechi Mitsuhide's mother. The situation was fueled through several public insults Nobunaga had directed at Mitsuhide, that even drew the attention of some Western observers. Mitsuhide blamed Nobunaga for his mother's death and the attack at Honnoji on June 21, 1582 exacted his revenge.

He has been credited with killing Oda Nobunaga; while Mitsuhide did not execute Nobunaga personally, he did force him to commit seppuku for his betrayal and subsequent murder of Mitsuhide's mother. When they found out about the assassination, both Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu rushed to be the first to avenge Nobunaga and take his place. Hideyoshi got to Mitsuhide first, and Mitsuhide's allies such as Hosokawa Fujitaka, who was related to Mitsuhide through a marriage, betrayed him. Mitsuhide survived for 14 days, until he was defeated by Hideyoshi at the Battle of Yamazaki. Mitsuhide is rumored to have been killed by a peasant warrior with a bamboo spear by the name of Nakamura (some say such an ignominious death was but karmic reward for killing his lord) However, there were also rumors that he was not killed, but rather started a new life as a priest called Tenkai.

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Toppainari Nagasone School Kawari Kabuto
Toppainari Nagasone School Kawari Kabuto

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Age: Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: A beautiful signed Nagasone Kawari Kabuto. The specific smith that this piece was crafted by is unknown because time has worn away a portion of the signature. This Kabuto certainly exhibits characteristics that can be attributed to the Nagasone school of armor. There is detailed silver inlay at the very top of the peak of the hachi. At the base of the hachi is a decorative design called "inome" or boar's eye.

Nagasone Okisato founded this group of armor makers in the town of Fukui. In 1647 he moved his group to Edo where he continued to make armor with them for a time before devoting all of his interests to sword making. The group ceased to make armor upon the death of Okisato around 1678.

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Suji Kabuto (Signed)
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Suji Kabuto (Signed)

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Age: Edo period.

Remarks: The celebrated Myochin family has been producing some of the finest quality armors since the 11th century. When the early Myochin ancestors presented their armor to the Emperor Konoe (1141-54), the Emperor was so impressed with their work that he called them "Myochin" and granted it to them as their family name. It means “brilliantly executed extraordinarily rare craftsmanship.” As his ancestors had done, This piece is signed by Myochin Muneyoshi. He has created many finely crafted metal works and this is one of those examples.

History: The crest is that of the famous Hisamatsu Matsudaira Clan. The Matsudaira clan is a family that originated in and took its name from Mikawa province. It is known for being the clan into whichTokugawa Ieyasu was born. Before taking the Tokugawa surname, he was known as Matsudaira Takechiyo. The reason for changing his surname from Matsudaira to Tokugawa is to claim to have imperial decent from the Minamoto. In adopting the new surname, Ieyasu founded what became the Tokugawa Shogunal house.

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 Armory. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Tatami Kabuto
Tatami Kabuto

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Age: Early Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: The russet-lacquered bowl of horizontal-plates made to collapse inside each other when not in use. Unusual is the rare method of construction used to lock the plates in place. The plates are not held rigid by a vertical bar such as is commonly seen in late Edo period Kabuto of this type. This "folding" style of armor was designed for travel.

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Namban Kabuto
Namban Kabuto

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Age: Muromachi Period

Remarks: With the arrival of the Portugese in Japan in 1543 the 16th century saw great changes in Japanese armour styles. As a result of European contacts the Japanese developed European style armour usually after Italian morions or cuirasses called Namban-gusoku or southern barbarian armour, which was highly valued. The demand was fueled by the boom for the exotic and foreign. Daimyo eager to stand out quickly began to order custom kabuto such as this one.

Western design motif with extensive use of “silver splatter” sawari hightlight this Kabuto Namban armor was produced for a short period of time until about 1650 so it is highly prized.

The Japanese were first rather dismissive of the manners of the newly arrived foreigners. A contemporary Japanese account relates: "They eat with their fingers instead of with chopsticks such as we use. They show their feelings without any self-control. They cannot understand the meaning of written characters" (from Boxer, “Christian century”).

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Saotome Tetsu Sabiji 62 Ken Goshozan Suji Kabuto and Menpo
Saotome Tetsu Sabiji 62 Ken Goshozan Suji Kabuto and Menpo

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Age: Early Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: An original Early Edo Period matched Kabuto and Menpo set. Signed by Saotome Iyenari.

More details and photos available upon request.

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 send us an e-mail.

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Rare Yuan Mongol Kabuto
Rare Yuan Mongol Kabuto

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Age: Yuan Period Late 1300's to early 1400's

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: Remarkably rare and highly unusual this historic piece presents the only example of its type that we have ever seen other than the few known examples in museums. This beautiful piece was most likely taken as a "war trophy" on the battlefield during one of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. This piece was remounted with a shikoro to be worn by a Samurai of a high ranking, possibly a Daimyo. The state of preservation is unlike anything some members of the Japanese Armor society had ever seen.

Mongolian armor, like its Chinese counterpart, has a long history. Mongolian armor drew its influence from Chinese and Middle east styles. Most Mongolian armor was of scale and lamellar variety. Most armor was made of hardened leather and iron, laced together onto a fabric backing, sometimes silk. Mail armor was also sometimes used, but was rare, because mail didn't offer very much protection against powerful bows that the Mongols used. Mongol archers demanded the armor to be light enough so that when riding, it didn't interfere with their mobility.

Genghis Khan was once said to have issued all his horsemen with silk vests, as an arrow hitting silk does not break it but ends up embedded in the flesh wrapped in silk, allowing the arrow to be removed by gently teasing the silk open, as opposed to the usual method of removing barbed arrows, cutting them out or pushing then right through an injured limb and out of the other side.

After consolidating his rule in China, Kublai Khan sent envoys to demand tribute from Japan, and he threatened reprisals if the Japanese did not. From the palace at Kyoto the Japanese answered, claiming as other rulers did that their nation had divine origins. Therefore, they argued, Japan was not to be subject to anyone, and they began preparing a defense. Kublai believed that he could not permit the appearance of Japan defying him. In 1274, from southern Korea, he launched an assault - a Mongol, Chinese and Korean force - with 600 to 900 ships, 23,000 troops, catapults, combustible missiles, bows and arrows. Bad weather compelled the invasion force to return from Japan's southern-most major island Kyushu.

In the summer of 1281, Kublai Khan tried again, this time sending some 4000 ships. For fifty-three days the Japanese held the invaders to a narrow beachhead on Kyushu. Then a hurricane struck. The Mongols withdrew again, only half of his force making it back to China.

More details and photos available upon request.

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 send us an e-mail.

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Kana Sabiji Ryo Zogan Kama Sunari Kabuto
Kana Sabiji Ryo Zogan Kama Sunari Kabuto

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Age: Momoyama- Edo Period

Remarks: Published in "Spectacular Helmets of Japan 16th-19th Century". This piece is one of the finest of it's type we have ever seen. More details to come.

Crafted from several sections of iron this fantastic piece is shaped to resemble a sack used for rice storage. The Kabuto is signed "Negoro Shi Fujiwara Yoichi Saku". Inlaid with gold and silver dragons and "sayagata". The detachable shikoro is inlaid as well with chased "sayagata", lightening and swirling clouds. The fukigaeshi are connected with hinges and feature shakudo paulownia leaves made with a technique called "takabori" The mon is of the Nai family. The piece was made in Wakayama Prefecture.

This Kabuto comes from the Fujta Collection.

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Saika Kabuto
Saika Kabuto

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Age: Late Momoyama-Early Edo Period.

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Including shipping, insurance and appraisal

NKBKHK grading papers will be included in the sale of this item.

Remarks: Pierced fukigaeshi and silver inlaid dragons hightlight this remarkable Saika Kabuto. The legend goes that the armor smiths of the town of Saika were inspired by an ancient helmet washing up on shore during the Muromachi Period. There after these unusual helmets with chrysanthemum shaped plates, elegant brows and zaboshi began to appear. This is one of the finest examples we have ever seen.

More details and photos available upon request.


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 send us an e-mail.

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

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Higaki So-Fukurin Kabuto
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Higaki So-Fukurin Kabuto

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Age: Early-Mid Edo Period


Remarks: Finished with silver fukurin and lacquer this represents the finest Kabuto of this type we have ever seen or has been available. There are very few complete published examples like this. A beautiful and rare item in wonderful condition. More details to come.

This is a graded Kabuto and comes with a NKBKHK Japanese Armor Society certificate.

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 send us an e-mail.

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

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62 Ken Hoshi Kabuto and Menpo
62 Ken Hoshi Kabuto and Menpo

Item #: 638

Age: Early Edo period.

Remarks: A Saotome School Hoshi Kabuto. The hachi has 25 rounded raised rivets in each of the 62 plates. Precise placement of each of the rivets as they ascend to the multi-staged tehen showcases remarkable workmanship. Although it is not signed it does exhibit certain characteristics of the Saotome School. The black lacquered fukigaeshi contrast well with the Menpo which is in good condition. This Kabuto and Menpo are original and reflects their appropriate age. High quality Hoshi Kabuto are becoming increasingly rare.

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Myochin Yoshimasa So-Fukurin Kabuto
Myochin Yoshimasa So-Fukurin Kabuto


Age: Late Muromachi Period (1487-1573)

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: Signed Myochin Yoshimasa. This Kabuto has beautiful silver inlay on each plate. Yoshimasa worked during the late 1500's and it is known that his work resembles Myochin Yoshimichi who was only one of 3 smiths graded Sai Jo I the very highest grade a smith was ever awarded. Yoshimasa may have been a student of Yoshimichi but the Myochin records are inconclusive.

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History: The crest on the fukigaeshi is called "Yo" or heavenly bodies. It was 3 stars that represented 3 warriors so it was favored by the military. This specific crest was used by the Toda and Sanga Clans.


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 send us an e-mail.

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Rare Zunari Kabuto
Rare Zunari Kabuto

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Item: Zunari Kabuto

Age: Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: This Kabuto comes with a matching Menpo. Stunning gold lacquered antler wakidate complement the beautiful brass eyed maedate.

More details and photos available upon request.

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 send us an e-mail.

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Baigyo Nari Kawari Kabuto
Baigyo Nari Kawari Kabuto

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Age: Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: A remarkable uchidashi Kawari Kabuto embossed and inlaid with silver dragons. In the shape of a conch shell horn this piece represents one of only a few known examples crafted in this style. Most probably this is the work of a master Myochin smith.

This Kabuto resembles another rare example of the same type in the publication, "Spectacular Helmets of Japan".

From ancient times, horns made of conch shells were employed in buddhist ceremonies and on the battlefield for battle signals. Among warriors, the shell itself was highly prized and used only by leaders.

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 send us an e-mail.

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Hineno Zunari Kabuto
Hineno Zunari Kabuto

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Age: Momoyama Period. Circa 1575-1600

Remarks: Beautiful Zunari style Kabuto with feather shaped wakidate. It features the Tsuyama Clan crest. This item was purchased from a family collection in Japan. This kabuto is in fine condition and would make a dramatic addition to any collection.

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Niho Jiro So Fukurin Akoda Nari Suji Kabuto
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Niho Jiro So Fukurin Akoda Nari Suji Kabuto

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Age: Muromachi Period

Remarks: This very fine Kabuto with a matching bitsu belonged to a Daimyo of the Hosokawa Clan. Beautiful pierced kamon trimmed in fukurin trim highlight this piece. Purchased from a private collection in Japan.

History: The Hosokawa clan claimed descendance from the Seiwa Genji and ironically played key roles in both the establishment of theAskikaga Shogunate and its destruction. They wielded significant power over the course of the Muromachi (1336-1467) (The period of this Kabuto), Sengoku (1467-1600), and Edo periods, moving, however, from Shikoku, to Kinai, and then to Kyushu over the centuries. The clan was also one of three families to dominate the post of Kanrei (Shogun's deputy), under the Ashikaga shogunate. At the beginning of the Ashikaga's rule, the Hosokawa were given control of the entirety of Shikoku. A conflict between Hosokawa Katsumoto, the fifth Kanrei, and his father-in-law Yamana Sozen, over the shogunate's succession, sparked the Onin War, which led to the fall of the shogunate and a period of 150 years of chaos and war, known as Sengoku. Following the fall of the Ashikaga shogunate, which was based in Kyoto, control of the city, and thus obstensibly the country, fell into the hands of the Hosokawa clan (who held the post of Kyoto Kanrei - Shogun's deputy in Kyoto) for a few generations.

Katsumoto's son, Hosokawa Masamoto, held power in this way at the end of the 15th century, but was assassinated in 1507. After his death, the clan became divided and was weakened by internecine fighting. What power they still had, however, was centered in and around Kyoto. This gave them the leverage to consolidate their power to some extent, and came to be strong rivals with the Ouchi family, both politically, and in terms of dominating trade with China. The Hosokawa remained in Kyoto for roughly one hundred years, fleeing the city when it was attacked by Oda Nobunaga. The Hosokawa sided with Ishida Mitsunari during the decisive Sekigahara Cmpaign, and thus were made Tozama (outsider) daimyo under the Tokugawa Shogunate. They were given Higo Province, with an income of 540,000 Koku, as their Han (fief). Though their domain was far from the capital, on Kyushu, they were among the wealthiest of the daimyo. By 1750, Higo was one of the top producers of rice, and was in fact counted as a standard by the Osaka Rice Brokers. The domain suffered from serious economic decline after that, as most domains did, but Hosokawa Shigekata instituted a number of reforms which turned the situation around.

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Akoda Nari Higaki So-Fukurin 26 Ken Kabuto
Akoda Nari Higaki So-Fukurin 26 Ken Kabuto

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Age: Late Muromachi Period (1487-1573)

Remarks: Finished with fukurin and gold lacquer this piece was made during the Late Muromachi period and re-mounted during the mid Edo period. A beautiful example and in wonderful condition.

The hachi is composed of 26 plates in the suji bachi style. Each suji ridge has been capped with gilded fukurin trim and inset along the lower edge of the hachi. Gilded pierced inome igaki fixtures have been placed between each plate. Everything has been fitted perfectly to this piece. The visor has deeply embossed wrinkles and eyebrows. The tehen is multi-staged and ornately engraved. The shikoro is laced with blue silk cords and covered with gold lacquer.

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26 Ken Suji Akoda Bachi Kabuto
26 Ken Suji Akoda Bachi Kabuto

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Age: Edo Period

Remarks: Beautiful Akoda style Kabuto with a stunning mutli-staged curved tehen. This piece features the original kazuno or deer horn kamon of the Konda Clan. Period egawa on the fukegaeshi is also original to this piece. The front plate of the hachi is made of silver and certainly is a rare item of craftsmanship.This item was purchased from a family collection in Japan.

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri 62 Ken Ni Ho Jiro So Fukurin Higaki Nari Suji
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri 62 Ken Ni Ho Jiro So Fukurin Higaki Nari Suji

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Age: Nambokucho Period 1336-1392

Remarks: This rare Kabuto and matching Hanbo set has been exhibited at the Okayama Castle Museum. The Hachi features a removable shikoro. This set would clearly be considered a candidate for Shinsa and in our evaulation would likely be awarded the highest level of grading. The suji ridges have been capped by gilded so fukurin and inset around the lower edge of the helmet bowl with gilded igaki plates with decorative pierced inome. The fukurin and igaki are original. An intricately engraved multi stage stage tehen no kanamono with an etched scrolling ivy design fits the top of the hachi correctly and is original to the piece. The mabizashi visor is covered with the original period stencilled doe skin leather and trimmed with a gilded copper fukurin moulding with engraved ivy design. The leather is quite worn. Sanko no byo rivets are used to attach the visor to the hachi.

More details upon request.

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Rare"Hatsunari" Kabuto

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Age: Early Edo period (Circa 1600)

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: An extraordinary matched Kabuto and Menpo set made of lacquered iron. The hachi is partially covered with animal hair. This was not only to distinguish the Kabuto from others but also served a practical purpose to protect the hachi from adverse weather. Unique eyebrows are made of the same animal hair along with the moustache on the Menpo.

This is a set unlike any we have ever offered and would make a fine addition to any collection

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Zunari Kabuto
Zunari Kabuto

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Age: Muromachi Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: A classic "head-shaped" hachi finished in gold lacquer. "Zaboshi" decorative rivets connect each overlaping iron plate. The five stage shikoro is finished in lacquer and is of the hineno-jikoro style. The flanges (fukigaeshi) feature a family crest (mon) called "omodaka" belonging to the Mizuno family. An unusual example of this type of Kabuto.

More details and photos available upon request.

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Tetsu Sabiji Ryo Zogan Eboshi Kabuto
Tetsu Sabiji Ryo Zogan Eboshi Kabuto

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Age: Early-Mid Edo period.

Remarks: Formally of the famous Hajime Fujita collection in Japan and published in the book "Shin Kacchushi Meikan" this signed Kabuto made by Shigeyasu is one of the few examples of his work that exists. Beautiful silver inlaid dragons adorn each side of this piece. This Eboshi style Kabuto is made of very heavy plates. It would make a fine addition to any armor collection.

History: The crest on this Kabuto belongs to a member of the Oda clan. They were a family of Japanese Daimyo dating back to roughly the 14th century, who were to become an important political force in the unification of Japan in the mid-16th century. Though they had the climax of their fame under Oda Nobunaga and fell from the spotlight soon after, several branches of the family would continue on as Daimyo houses until theMeji Restoration.

Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) was a major Daimyo during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history. He was the son of Oda Nobuhide , a warlord with land holdings in Owari province. Nobunaga lived a life of continuous military conquest, eventually conquering most of Japan before his untimely death in 1582.

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Tetsu Sabiji Zaboshi Kabuto with Menpo
Tetsu Sabiji Zaboshi Kabuto with Menpo

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Age: Early Edo Period. Circa 1590-1610

Remarks: An original matched set. The Hachi has 52 expertly crafted plates. An extensive amount of technical skill and patience was required to create this Hachi. The style of rivet with zaboshi washers and the number of plates makes this a rare Kabuto. This Kabuto has two family crests on the fukigaeshi. One is of the Ikeda Clan. Our research indicates this Kabuto belonged to a 1st son of a Damiyo of the Ikeda Clan. Specifically the opposing Kocho or butterflys on each fukigaeshi belonged to a specific Daimyo from Bitchu named Ikeda Kamogata. The other crest belongs to the Shimada Daimyo Clan. This is the only 52 plate matched set we have ever had.

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Ebosh Nari No Kabuto
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Ebosh Nari No Kabuto

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Age: Mid Edo period.

Remarks: A beautiful, well formed, black lacquer bowl made of iron shaped in the form of a court cap. The five lame shikoro is black lacquered hineno jikoro style laced in sugake odoshi faded blue lacing. The hachi is finished with a gold lacquered "tie". A small portion of the knot is missing in the front. The mabisashi is edged with iron fukurin. The kamon on the fukigaeshi belongs to the Ito clan. There are some minor chips to the lacquer but overall this piece is in very good condition for its age.
Remarks: Eboshi Kabuto or courtier's cap helm were a form of Kawari Kabuto as it was made into the likeness of the Eboshi. These Kabuto were originally derived from Nara period (8th century) hats. Referred to as "single-valley helmets", said to be named after the steep valley Ichinotani in Hyougo prefecture. It was an aristocratic item of headgear worn by Japanese nobles. Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611) was one of the most famous individuals to wear such a helmet and his in particular was very striking because it was so tall.

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Ume Nari Kawari Kabuto
Ume Nari Kawari Kabuto

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Age: Edo Period

Remarks: A rare signed Kabuto by the famous smith Unkai Mitsuhisa. This Kabuto has features associated with the craftsmen of the Haruta school in the Kaga region. This is validated by the signature and the style of shikoro. Unkai Mitsuhisa is a highly rated smith making this item very important. Mitsuhisa, a Jo Jo I graded smith, was one of the top 10% of graded smiths in Japan who were recognized has having been exceptional talented. Only three smiths are considered above this grade, being recognized as Sai Jo I ranked katchu-shi. An 8 plate suji bachi with hoshi and shinodare. The tehen and shinodare are covered in sawari silver. This item was purchased from a family collection in Japan.

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Hachimaebari Katajiro Kabuto  Myochin Yoshimichi
Hachimaebari Katajiro Kabuto Myochin Yoshimichi

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Age: Edo Period

Remarks: This Kabuto was handcrafted and signed by Myochin Yoshimichi. This is a very heavy piece that has been wonderfully crafted by a master smith. An extremely rare example of a graded smith.Yoshimichi ranks near the top of all Myochin school smiths. The crests are original to the fukegaeshi and exhibit a wonderful 3-dimensional look. Etched shinodare compliment this piece very nicely. The celebrated Myochin family has been producing some of the finest quality armors since the 11th century. When the early Myochin ancestors presented their armor to the Emperor Konoe (1141-54), the Emperor was so impressed with their work that he called them "Myochin" and granted it to them as their family name.

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Saotome Hoshi Kabuto
Saotome Hoshi Kabuto

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Age: Muromachi Period (Late 1500's)

Provenance: Ori Hara Collection/The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: Signed by Saotome Iyechika. A wonderfully crafted 62 plate Hoshi Kabuto with a very rare lacquer color called "byakudan" on the shikoro. A labor intensive three layer process is used to complete this beautiful effect. One will also note the near perfection achieved in the placement of the rounded hoshi rivets that ascend from large to small toward the top. Absolutely the pinnacle of hoshi craftsmanship.

Note: The Maedate and Menpo are not original to this piece but are available for purchase separately.

Saotome Iyechika is ranked as a Jo Jo I smith. Considered to be "Excellent". With only 10% of all armor smiths in the category. Only three other smiths were ever graded higher. Iyechika worked in Hitachi during the late Muromachi period (1500-1573).

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Sougou Nari Kawari Kabuto
Sougou Nari Kawari Kabuto

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Age: Early Edo-Momoyama Period. Circa 1580-1620

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: Covered in Bear fur this Kabuto is very rare. Additionally a second level of fur surrounds the top part of the shikoro. The maedate is included with this piece. The top of the hachi has a tehen which is another unusual feature. The few pieces we have seen of this type are lacking this feature. This Kabuto is original and reflects it's appropriate age. It would make an exceptional addition to any collection. We have never seen an example quite like this.

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Tetsu Sabiji Nuri Roku Ken Kawari Kabuto with Hanbo
Tetsu Sabiji Nuri Roku Ken Kawari Kabuto with Hanbo

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Age: Edo Period

Remarks: The front plate features a hachimaki knot on a headband. This is a feature that was used by important samurai as a sign of dignity. The use of this style began during the Momoyama Period. The crest is a version used by the famous Takeda Clan. Most likely this belonged to the Goto Clan. An original matched set.

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Tetsu Sabiji 32 Ken Kabuto w/Menpo
Tetsu Sabiji 32 Ken Kabuto w/Menpo

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Age: Edo Period

Remarks: This uniquely crafted Hachi features rarely seen curved suji plates. Each plate is fitted precisely to the next to create a wave like pattern around the entire circumfernce of the hachi. The shikoro is finished in black lacquer and lavender lacing. It matches the yodare kake of the menpo. A mixed metal multi staged tehen crowns the top. The menpo is a ressei men style with a bold jaw line and embossing on the upper cheeks. The menpo is in fair condition with a lacquer repair to the left side. Overall this set would be nice addtion to any collection.



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Tetsu Sabiji 62 Ken Hoshi Kabuto. Neo Masanobu
Tetsu Sabiji 62 Ken Hoshi Kabuto. Neo Masanobu

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Age:Early Edo period.

Remarks: Handcrafted fukurin trim and egawa highlight this stunning Hoshi Kabuto. Bear fur trims the bottom of the shikoro. The family crest on the fukegaeshi is a "kikyo" or chinese bellflower made famous by Akechi Mitsuhide. This variation belonged to a Daimyo named Kakegawa in Suruga.

Neo Masanobu is considered the founder of the famous Neo school of armor. He revolutionized the construction of Kabuto by creating the famous 120 plate Suji Kabuto. Masanobu worked in Nara, Kyoto and Owari around 1700. Very few examples of his work exist and this is certainly a beautiful example.

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Rare Nagasone School 16 Ken Tetsu Sabiji Kawari Kabuto
Rare Nagasone School 16 Ken Tetsu Sabiji Kawari Kabuto

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Age: Early Edo Period

Remarks: The hachi is in the Akoda style. The mabizashi is superbly crafted with Uchidashi (raised relief metalwork) in the shape of an Oni (demon). The eyes are silver with brass for the pupils. The Menpo is a Nagasone school piece with superbly worked inome on the lowest lame of the yodare kake. Both the shikoro and the yodarekake are lined with gold lacquer on the underside. This is a very heavy piece. The oharaidate features a unique spring mechanism for securing a maedate and the maebashi features beautiful embossing in a style that indicates it is the work of the Nagasone school. This school specialised in the manufacture of Kabuto but also made swords. It was founded by Nagasone Okisato in the early 17th century at Fukui in Echizen. The Kabutos of this school were always of the finest quality and are very rare. There are only five known armorers of this school. Only a handful of Kabuto exist from this school.

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Tate Hagi 18 Ken Kawari Kabuto
Tate Hagi 18 Ken Kawari Kabuto

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Age: Momoyama - Early Edo Period.

Remarks: 18 individual iron plates precisely aligned to form a remarkable example of a Momoyama period Kawari Kabuto. Elegant lines curve from the front of the hachi to the rear. On the front of this piece wrinkles and brow are beautifully embossed. The single plate shikoro is attached to the hachi as was common during the Momoyama Period. A silver decorative trim finishes the hachi with an intricate “bow-tie” at the back. Overall this piece exhibits influences from several different styles.

Additional Note: Upon leaving the possession of the previous owner he asked, "Would you mind giving me a moment with an old friend who has been with me for more than 40 years". Of course. A most cherished possession we accepted with the deepest admiration for the care in which he held it for so long.

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

(Pending submission to the NKBKHK- Japanese Armor Society). Grading papers will be included in the sale of this item.

More details and photos available upon request.

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Tameshi "Kawari" Suji Kabuto

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Age: Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection


Remarks: 8 individual lacquered iron plates are very well finished with unusual high protruding ridges, rounded and forming a peak. The six stage crown or (tehen-kanamono) is finely detailed and engraved. The five stage shikoro is finished in lacquer and is of the hineno-jikoro style popularized in the early 16th century. The helmet bowl (hachi) is comprised of extremely heavy and thick iron plates. The flanges (fukigaeshi) feature a family crest (mon) called “hanabashi” belonging to the Yanagisawa family. The original maedate with the family crest is completes this wonderful piece.

Extremely rare multiple bullet tests mark the plates of the (hachi). The ultimate proof of armor was its ability to deflect bullets and many armor makers tested their armor by firing at it. If the armor failed it would be penetrated, if not, a dent would be left marking its proof. This type of armor was known as (tameshi) or bullet tested armor. However, this type of armor was usually expensive and heavy.This is a fascinating
characteristic that makes this piece highly collectable.

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Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Ryubu Me No Shita Men
Tetsu Kuro Urushi Nuri Ryubu Me No Shita Men

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Item #: 625

Age: Mid Edo period

Remarks: This was purchased from a private collection in Japan. This Menpo is quite impressive. Beautiful yodare kake with pierced metalwork completes this stunning yadome Menpo. Clearly custom made for a very high ranking Samurai or Daimyo.

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Myochin School Somen
Myochin School Somen

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Item #: 637

Age: Edo Period.

Remarks: Bearing a likeness to the "resseiho" fierce face type of Menpo this Somen exhibits boldly indented wrinkles which contrast nicely with the smoothly forged features. This is a considerable achievement the Myochin smith were known for.

This was purchased from a private collection in Japan and would make a wonderful addition to any armor collection.

Published in the famous Japanese book of Mengu including Hanbo, Me No Shita Men and Somen Masks called "Katchu Men".

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Yadome Menpo
Yadome Menpo

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Item #: 652

Age: Edo Period.

Remarks: This is wonderful example of a one piece Yadome Menpo. The interior is black which is also quite rare. This was purchased from a private collection in Japan and would make a wonderful addition to any armor collection.

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Tetsu Sabiji Kongo Rikishi Nio Men
Tetsu Sabiji Kongo Rikishi Nio Men

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Age: Early Edo period. Circa 1630

Remarks: Fierce bold lines accentuate the checks and mouth. This rare piece is unlike any other style of Menpo. This is the only one of its type we have seen offered for sale.

The Nio (Benevolent Kings) are a pair of protectors who stand guard outside the temple gate at most Japanese Buddhist temples, one on either side of the entrance. In Japan, the gate itself is often called the Nio-mon (literally Nio Gate). Their fierce and threatening appearance wards off evil spirits and keeps the temple ground free of demons and thieves. In some accounts, the Nio were said to have followed and protected the historical Buddha when he traveled. This rare early piece is fashioned after these figures.

Inquiries: It is our goal at Shogun Art to provide the finest in rare antique Japanese 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.

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Tetsu Sabiji Yasuri Ressei Me No Shita Men Myochin Munehide
Tetsu Sabiji Yasuri Ressei Me No Shita Men Myochin Munehide

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Item #: 634

Age: Edo period

Remarks: Skilfully incised with fine shallow lines in the rare yasurime style this piece is a work of art. The precision in which this piece was crafted is amazing. A classic Kaga style yodare kake is attached to the menpo. (This menpo was difficult to photograph. The very fine lines sometimes appear in a wavy pattern. All of the lines on this piece are very straight and precise.)

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.

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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 Armory. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Tetsu Sabiji Ressei Me No Shita Men Unkai Mitsuhisa
Tetsu Sabiji Ressei Me No Shita Men Unkai Mitsuhisa

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Item #: 726

Age: Early Edo period

Remarks: Skillfully crafted by Unkai Mitsuhisa who belonged to the Haruta school of armor makers in the Kaga region . Very elegant in it's appearance this is Kaga style at it's best.

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.

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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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Tetsu Sabiji Urushi Nuri Ressei Me No Shita
Tetsu Sabiji Urushi Nuri Ressei Me No Shita

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Age: Mid Edo period

Remarks: This was purchased from a private collection in Japan. This style Menpo is very rare. Beautiful brass teeth and full moustache highlight this piece. Custom made for a Samurai. This Menpo includes shipping, handling and insurance to anywhere in the world.

Inquiries: It is our goal at Shogun Armory 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.

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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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Tetsu Sabiji Karasu Tengu Somen
Tetsu Sabiji Karasu Tengu Somen

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Age: Early Edo period.

Remarks: This rare original piece features skillfully done prominent cheeks with heavy brows. The "crows beak" nose gracefully curves downward. The hon kozane yodare kake is attached with period egawa. Omodaka accent both sides of the chin. Further photos upon request.

This remarkable Somen features the work of a highly skilled uchidashi smith. In a time when the only Somen available are made of composite parts or merely a modern version of an old piece we feel honored to be able to offer this for sale to the international market. This rare Somen includes 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.

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Shu Urushi Nuri Tetsu Karasu Somen
Shu Urushi Nuri Tetsu Karasu Somen

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Age: Post Edo Period

Remarks: This wonderful and impressive example of a embossed russet iron Somen was made by the famous smith Ichiro.

Fukutake Ichiro was one of the last true traditional armour makers in Japan skilled in the work of embossing. Ichiro is held in such regard that some of his pieces have qualified for Juuyo grading. This was purchased from a private collection in Japan and would make a wonderful addition to any armor collection.

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.

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Tetsu Sabiji Shu Urushi Nuri Yadome Men
Tetsu Sabiji Shu Urushi Nuri Yadome Men

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Age: Mid Edo period

Remarks: This was purchased from a private collection in Japan. This Menpo is quite impressive. Beautiful yadome completes this rare "red" Menpo.

History: The use of "red" armor was popularized by the famous iI Daimyo clan.
Ii Naomasa (1561-1602) was a general under Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. His family, like Tokugawa's, had originally been retainers of the once-powerful Imagawa clan, and Naomasa, then a very small child, was personally lucky to escape death in the confusion and general chaos which followed the death of the clan's leader, Imagawa Yoshimoto, in the Battle of Okehazama in 1560. Naomasa joined the ranks of the Tokugawa clan in the mid 1570s, rising swiftly through the ranks to eventually become the master of a sizable holding in Omi Province, following the Battle of Sekigahara. (1600).

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Myochin Karasu Guchi Tengu Men
Myochin Karasu Guchi Tengu Men

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Age: Mid Edo period. Myochin Munenaga 1684-1763.

Remarks: A rare original Tengu Men. This piece feature a beautiful rainbow colored yodarekake. Myochin Menpo of this type are very rare. At some point later in the Edo period the interior lacquer was restored. There is a small area of excess lacquer under the bottom lip. The signature has faded some with wear due to its age. This was purchased from a private collection in Japan.

This Menpo is quite impressive and an excellent example of a Myochin smith's work. This rare Menpo includes 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.

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Myochin Menpo
Myochin Menpo

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Age: Edo Period

Provenance: The Shogun Art Collection

Remarks: Signed by Myochin Munehisa who was a Jo I ranked smith of the Edo period.

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 send us an e-mail.

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