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Japanese Samurai Helmet & Fan Iron Paperweight

A Japanese paperweight of a samurai helmet and fan, made of iron, very intricate and in excellent condition.

The item is given by the Japanese Veterans Association.

The writing on the fan is translated to: Commemorate completion of the construction of Japanese Veterans Association Building

Showa 9th year (1934) March

Embalm is of the Imperial Japanese Veterans Association Dimensions Length: 13 cm / 5.11 inches Width: 9 cm / 3.54 inches Weight: 380 gr / 13.4 ounces

Samurai Katagiri Katsumoto By Mizuno Toshikata Framed Print

A Japanese woodblock print depicting samurai warrior Katagiri Katsumoto who served the Minamoto clan and was famous as one of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake, personal bodyguards to Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the Battle of Shizugatake in 1583.  The young samurai Kimura Shigenari stands beside him, looking up with a concerned expression as Katsumoto receives discomforting news that the mother of one of the shoguns that he is protecting has accused him of disloyalty and has made plans to have him killed due to the fall of the Toyotomi clan to the Tokugawa Ieyasu clan, loosing most of their territory.  Shigenari is worried about what will happen after he leaves the shogun's castle which is seen in the background and is most likely identified as Osaka castle. This woodblock print is one of a series of prints from the Foundations of Morality and Success series. With the inscriptions upper right. Stamped with a red seal lower right. Circa 1902.  Matted and framed unlike many other prints. This antique Japanese woodblock framed print of Samurai Katagiri Katsumoto By Mizuno Toshikata is in good condition for its age and is highly collectible by Japanese art and militaria collectors. Dimensions: Frame: 55.2cm x 43.8 cm /21.75 inches x 17.25 inches Image: 35.5 cm x 22.8 cm / 14 x 9 inches

Japanese Samurai Bajo Jingasa (Riding Battle Hat)

Samurai Bajo Jingasa (Riding Battle Hat) were worn mainly by officers a the end of the Sengoku period (1467-1615) and through the Edo period (1603-1868) and a little after.  Traditionally a defensive helmet, they were allegedly first crafted from wood, leather, lacquered rawhide, then iron and later steel.  The combination of these elements provided a good head protection against sword blows.  The bajo-gasa jingasa are shaped like low round hills, believed to decrease wind resistance while on horseback.  The inside was padded with a cushion liner secured by ribbons that would be tied and secured under the chin. The Jingasa were traditionally lacquered in black and would typically bear the mon (crest) of their clan or that of their unit, allowing forces to be easily identified in the battlefield and from afar.  These mon were often painted in gold color like in this bajogasa for sale. The Samurai bajo-jingasa here is in excellent condition showing the mon (crest) of the Maru Ni Tsuru Gashiwa. It is probably from the late Edo period (mid 19th century).   Dimensions: about 36 cm x 34 cm (14.17 x 13.38 inches)

Samurai by James Turner

An elderly Japanese Samurai bronze sculpture by James Turner.  The Japanese samurai is shown with his katana sword and seems to be getting ready to draw it.  Flower pattern on his yukata (male kimono).  Small plaque on the wooden base" "Samurai by James Turner".  Marked in the back: 19/20 James Turner. Dimensions: Height: 37.5 cm (14.76 inches) Width: 22 cm (8.66 inches) Base width: 16.5 cm x 29.5 cm (6.49x 11.61 inches) Weight: 6.3 kg (13.88 lbs)