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Arts of the Samurai Auction at Bonhams

A Fine Black-Lacquer Suit of Armor with a Bamen Kabuto, Edo period (1615-1868), 17th/18th century,
Lot 40, Estimate: $45,000-55,000

Arts of the Samurai, Bonhams New York
In-person auction, October 26, 2022, starting at 10am

The warriors of old Japan are taking over Bonhams with the fifth installment of Arts of the Samurai. Comprising 196 lots of swords, sword fittings, helmets, and armor, this sale puts on full display the precision of craft and genius of design that places the military equipment of Japanese warriors in a category all their own.

Highlights include a mid-11th century tachi (long sword) by Masazane, who hailed from Bizen, an area with a rich tradition of swordsmithing. Perhaps most impressive is the variety of helmets and armor. The colorful lacing, and rows of black or gold-lacquered scales surmounted by iron helmets and fierce masks will stir the imagination of enthusiasts of all ages.

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