A beautifully impressive Japanese Samurai armor Sekijuku Domain Hori Family Tradition
Sekijuku Domain Hori Family Tradition Iron Black Hammer Painted Marine Wire Wei Waist Tub Side Double Barrel Foot Mid-Edo Period Japan Armor Research and Preservation Society Special Valuable Materials Certificate Tetsu kurotatakinuri konitoodoshi koshitori okegawa 2maido gusoku Origin : Sekiyado clan Hori family NKBKH Tokubetsu kicho shiryo [Mid Edo period] The Tang Hanabishi crest was used for the Sanmori turtle of the gusoku toe, and the Tang flower diamond comb for the helmet and the apricot leaf turtle were all used by Hori Hidemasa and Hori Naomasa. Then Hori Sadatoshi’s legs. The waist of the torso is a small beak. The glove that seems to lift the muscles is powerful. On the tibia is a vermilion inscription made by Shinjia. It is equipped with many accessories such as a quarter flag. Hori Danshichi four-quarter flag is another name for Hori Sadari. On the arrangement, the Sansheng turtle is carved with a pincer flower diamond comb. The armor is beautiful and in good condition. For centuries, the samurai shaped Japan’s history not only as warriors, but also as a political elite. Their myth tells of courage and discipline, of loyalty and noble self-sacrifice – but also of betrayal, intrigue and merciless violence. Their armor, made with the highest craftsmanship of precious metals and precious fabrics, was not only effective protective armor, but also imposing status symbols. What makes a man a warrior? The samurai possessed weapons, mastered fighting techniques and lived according to high ethical standards. Characteristic of his appearance, however, was above all one thing: his armor. The quality of the armor was the difference between life and death – it had to provide not only protection, but also freedom of movement and identifiability in battle. To this day it is a fascinating illustration of the means by which the samurai asserted themselves in the interplay of attack and defense in battle: masterfully processed metals, leather, wood, lacquer and fabrics provided material protection. Decorations of various shapes and motifs served as protective symbols and to deter the enemy, such as demons, dragons or other mythological creatures, dangerous animals, Buddhist protective gods and constellations, auspicious plants or symbols representing good luck, courage and longevity . However, the fact that extravagant armor and masks and helmets with elaborate jewelry were also common in times of peace testifies to their equally important representative function: armor increasingly became status symbols of the elites in the largely peaceful Edo period (1603-1868).
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