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>>1336 Nanbokucho samurai
Subject: samurai warrior
Culture: Ashikaga Japanese
Setting: Nanbokuchō, Japan 1333-1392
Object: yoroi armor

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Helmet (Hoshi Kabuto)  Lacquered iron, leather, silk, shakudō
Late Kamakura or Nambokuchō period, 14th century
The helmet bowl, constructed of thirty-two iron plates, dates from the fourteenth century but was remounted for use in the eighteenth century.  The metal fittings on the turnbacks of the neck guard include the badge (a cross within a circle) of the Shimazu family, daimyo of Kagoshima." ...

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Armor (Yoroi)
Lacquered iron and leather, silk, stenciled leather, gilt copper
Late Kamakura to early Muromachi period,
early 14th-early 15th century
This armor was donated to the Kurama Temple, near Kyoto, by one of the Ashikaga shoguns.  During the late Edo period, it passed into the possession of Sakai, daimyo of Wakasa, then military governor of Kyoto.  Sakai had the armor refurbished and its silk lacings replaced with leather ones in the style of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.  The oldest part of the armor, the helmet bowl, dates from the late Kamakura period (early fourteenth century)."

* Harwood International > Samurai Collection
"Ōboshi kabuto (hemispherically-shaped helmet) 
Nanbokuchō period, 1336-1392
Iron, doeskin, bronze, silk lacing  6.2 lbs. ...
This kabuto, one of the oldest in the collection, displays typical characteristics of an ancient helmet.  The bowl is very low and almost perfectly round.  The hole at the peak of the helmet, called tehen, is relatively large in older helmets and the samurai may have passed his hair through it.  It was also believed that the gods were able to communicate with the warrior through this opening."