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Early yasurime bori menpo

Early yasurime bori menpo

Russet iron, one-piece construction with decorative grooves.
Ryutaro Somen logo

Sōmen by Ryūtarō

Ryutaro was the son of Fukutake Ichirō (1928-2002).
Tibetan helmet with silver visor

Tibetan helmet with gilt finial and visor

The 8-plate dome was embellished with a copper silver visor and gilt finial.
Zand painted shield logo

Persian painted shield

Persian steel shield with fine Qajar style painted dome.
Persian set of wootz armor consisting of helmet, shield and armguard

Persian wootz armor set

Consisting of shield, helmet and arm protector.
62 plate Kabuto with mayu

62 plate kabuto with maedate

Each plate with raised rib, the visor embossed with simulated eyebrows.
Southeast Asian shield logo

Thai wooden shield

Made of lacquered wood, it depicts a Chinese-style tiger.
Early Edo samural armor logo

Edo bullet-tested samurai armor

Very heavy armor, made for business.
Chinese bamboo helmet logo

Southern Chinese military bamboo helmet

The archetype Chinese bamboo helmet that is often seen on early photos.
Chinese conical painted bamboo helmet logo

Painted conical bamboo helmet

Description

An old Chinese conical helmet of a type that militiamen and foot soldiers wore.

Chinese soldier's bamboo hat

Chinese bamboo helmet

As worn by Southern Chinese military and militiamen.
Sipar logo

Sipar (سپر/सीपर)

Persian word for shield.
Sipar fouladi (wootz shield) logo

Large sipar fouladi (wootz shield)

North Indian shield entirely made of wootz, including its bosses.
Vietnamese rectangular wooden shield logo

Vietnamese wooden shield

Rare type of rectangular wooden shield from Vietnam.
Rare Santali shield logo

Rare Santali shield

Peculiar shield with catching hook, used by the Santali people of Bengal.
unusual-indian-single-boss-shield

Early Indian shield

Made of thick lacquered hide, with a single brass boss
Chinese rattan tiger shield logo

Chinese tiger shield

A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
Qing rattan shield article logo

Qing military rattan shield production

Translation of a page from Qing regulations that describes the production of the Qing military rattan shield.
Otateage suneate with Dutch goudleer logo

Suneate with Dutch leather

A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Momoyama kabuto

Golden kabuto with iron menpo

A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
Signed Chinese rattan shield

Signed Chinese rattan shield

This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
A ceremonial Sumatran peurise logo

Ceremonial peurise teumaga

Cast brass shield of a ceremonial type that was used during sword dances in Aceh.
Kurdish kalkan logo

Ottoman Kurdish kalkan

A small, heavily reinforced buckler as used by Ottoman Kurdish infantry.
Tibetan armor mirrors logo

Three Tibetan armor mirrors

Of domed shape with upturned rim and indigo cotton lining.
Japanese uchidashi armor plate logo

Japanese steel plate

Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
Tibetan armor set with helmet and mirrors

Tibetan mail shirt, helmet and mirrors

Collected by American anthropologist Melvyn Goldstein in the 1980s.
Indian shield logo

An unusual ḍhāl

A translucent hide shield with gilt brass ornaments. Probably Nepalese of for a Nepalese client.
Dhal shield logo

Ḍhāl (ढाल)

Hindi word for shield.
Dastana logo

Dastānā (दस्ताने)

Hindi word for a type of arm protection.
Bazuband logo

Bāzuband (بازوبند)

Persian word for a piece of lower arm protection.
Dastana logo

A Punjabi arm guard

Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
Mail coif

Kusari zukin (鎖頭巾)

Japanese name for the hood of a mail armor set.
Japanese mail jacket

Kusari katabira (鎖帷子)

Japanese name for a jacket of mail armor.
Mail logo

Kusari gusoku (鎖具足)

Japanese word for mail armor.
Japanese mail logo

Kusari (鎖)

Japanese word for "chain", also used to describe mail armor.
Japanese mail kusari zukin

Kusari katabira zukin

Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
Chinese helmet logo

Kuī (盔)

Chinese word for helmet.
Ganga-jamni logo

Ganga-Jamni

Name for Indian work in two metals of contrasting colors, usually silver and gold.
Mail shirt

Fine mail shirt, Sikh Empire

With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
Chinese tengpai logo

Téngpái (藤牌)

The Chinese rattan shield
Chinese rattan shield logo

Chinese téngpái

The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
Sen Sheng

Sēn shèng (森盛)

A Chinese rattan shield maker from Shanghai.
Vietnamese shield

Khiên (盾)

The Vietnamese word for a circular shield of rattan, much like the téngpái (藤牌) of China.
An early armored dingjia vest of the Ming-Qing transition period

17th century armored vest

An extremely rare sleeveless vest from the Ming-Qing transition period.
Indian dhal shield by Bhagvan Khoosal

Indian signed dhal from Gujarat

An interesting Indian dhal, a small shield that was signed by its maker from Gujarat.
Jianruiying logo

Jianruiying (2); weapons and equipment

The Jianruiying was an elite division of the Qing dynasty military consisting of crack troops that were spe

Tibetan helmet

Tibetan helmet with armor

Description

Presented in this article is a Tibetan eight-plate helmet with four inner plate

Jianruiying logo

Jianruiying (1); introduction

The Jianruiying were a small elite unit of specially selected Manchu soldiers under the Qing dynasty. They were trained to overcome rough terrain, obstacles, and rivers in order to commence special attacks towards fortifications. In some ways, they are comparable to today's special forces.
Vietnamese rattan shield

Vietnamese rattan shield

Called khiên in Vietnamese.