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Kawari Kabuto Selection

Sozu nari kabuto

Edo period

This kabuto looks like a hood which priests wear and that is why it named "Souzu shaped kabuto"(Souzu means Japanese priests' hood). But from different angle, it looks like a beetle's horn. This indescribably shape seems as if it's testing our imagination.
Pure black lacqer Hachi with gold varnishing shikoro produces elegant style.

Zuiun nari kabuto

Momoyama period

Rising "Zuiun"(a kind of cloud that is said a omen of good luck) is depicted at the side, top part has pointed as a kite's bill and a big gold ring is attached at the back as a symbol of the sun. Lustrous surface bring up the elegance that the maker's wealth sensibility can be seen. The more you see this shape, the more you feel strange and attractive.

Katou Samanosuke Yoshiaki owned@

Daki hamaguri nari kabuto

Edo period

There is a Jindaiko(a kind of Japanese drum) "ma-etate" at the front with drawer arranged, inside the drawer there is a seated figure of Buddha called Aisenmyouou with crown of lion on its head, fury looking with its hair standing on end. The sculpture of this minimum majestic miniature statue is made quite minute and it expresses inner spirit of samurai who owned the kabuto.

To'kanmuri nari kabuto

early Edo period

This type of kabuto ,shaped a crown of chinese dynasty, have been made a lot from Genki, Tenshou(1570-1591) and there are many different expression in same shape. This one has been gilt on surface, triangular openwork at the top, gold kiri-mon(emblem of paulownia) "ma-etate" at the front and ei at the back is attached dashingly.

Oki tenugui kabuto

Edo period

Two plates at the top looks as if folded towel has been placed, that is why it named "oki tenugui" kabuto. Iron based hachi with black lacquered visor and fukikaeshi which is drawn by gold lacquer makes this kabuto solid but gorgeous. Still more, dragon head "ma-etate" intensifies its peculiarity.

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