MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Print Book
DIMENSIONS: 6 X 9 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 112 pages; 57 have fine early Japanese woodblock prints including various types of banners indicating the headquarters or the locations of the commanders.
CONDITION: Fine impressions.
ITEM ID: 2666
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Japanese Guide to Samurai Armor

DATE
Decade: 1730s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: c1730

Japanese woodblock print book “Early Guide to Samurai Armor”, including a rare Haritsuke (woodblock of a crucifix) Samurai banner.

Japanese woodblock print book “Early Guide to Samurai Armor,” including a rare woodblock illustration of the death penalty of haritsuke (a severe form of execution akin to cruxifixction), which was for those who sneak around road barriers, counterfeiters, and others found guilty of serious crimes. This haritsuke banner design derives from the episode of Torii Sune-emon(鳥居強右衛門, who was captured by the enemy (Takeda family) forces, and executed because of his brave refusal to cooperate. One of the subjects of Takeda forces, deeply impressed with Torii’s courage, asked Torii to permit his last form to be used for the theme of his own banner. Torii gladly permitted his wish. After that, this haritsuke banner became one of the symbols of courage and loyalty of samurais.