One of those bigger-than-life samurai who fought to the end defending Osaka Castle in 1614-1615 against the warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu (who would later become shogun and founder of a 15-generation dynasty), Sanada Yukimura is well known to the Japanese from the red color of his armor, his helmet with the golden antler ornaments, and his six-coin crest. Which are of course the main features of the Gingado Sanada Yukimura Helmet, a superb replica of the samurai warrior's headgear.
The Sanada Yukimura Helmet comes from the workshop of Gingado, a company specializing in Buddhist sculpture from Takaoka, a city in Toyama Prefecture. The particular area has a long history in the field of metallurgy and if you look closely at this beautiful 15.5 x 14 x 12.5 cm (6.1 x 5.5 x 4.9") miniature, you see that its fame is deserved: the attention to detail in the helmet is amazing and it does justice to the man called by his contemporaries "Japan's greatest warrior."
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