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karakuri-namban kusari (riveted Japanese mail).

karakuri-namban kusari (riveted Japanese mail).

Japanese riveted mail. unlike traditional european mail, Japanese mail is made up of 5 rings or hoops. 1 center hoop and 4 penetrating hoop.

Japanese riveted mail. unlike traditional european mail, Japanese mail is made up of 5 rings or hoops. 1 center hoop and 4 penetrating hoop.

Hana-gusari Japanese mail (2/6 grid), 6 in 1 twisted link hexagon pattern kusari, close up view from a haidate. 2/6 hex means that vertical links pass through 2 horizontal links and horizontal links pass through 6 vertical links to form a hex-like pattern.

Hana-gusari Japanese mail (2/6 grid), 6 in 1 twisted link hexagon pattern kusari, close up view from a haidate. 2/6 hex means that vertical links pass through 2 horizontal links and horizontal links pass through 6 vertical links to form a hex-like pattern.

Hana-gusari Japanese mail (2/6 grid), 6 in 1 twisted link hexagon pattern kusari, close up view from a kote. 2/6 hex means that vertical links pass through 2 horizontal links and horizontal links pass through 6 vertical links to form a hex-like pattern.

Hana-gusari Japanese mail (2/6 grid), 6 in 1 twisted link hexagon pattern kusari, close up view from a kote. 2/6 hex means that vertical links pass through 2 horizontal links and horizontal links pass through 6 vertical links to form a hex-like pattern.

Kote with karakuri-namban kusari (riveted Japanese mail), detail view, from the Stibbert Museum, Florence Italy.

Kote with karakuri-namban kusari (riveted Japanese mail), detail view, from the Stibbert Museum, Florence Italy.

Gyorin kozane haramaki dou.This specimen illustrates a primitive type of Japanese harness. The separate plates are of boiled leather, cut and beaten into pieces shaped like fish scales (gyorin kozane), 1000 AD, restored possibly in the 18th century, from "Catalogue of the Loan Collection of Japanese Armor, Metropolitan Museum of Art", Bashford Dean, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1903.  http://books.google.com/books?id=zV4yAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false

Gyorin kozane haramaki dou.This specimen illustrates a primitive type of Japanese harness. The separate plates are of boiled leather, cut and beaten into pieces shaped like fish scales (gyorin kozane), 1000 AD, restored possibly in the 18th century, from "Catalogue of the Loan Collection of Japanese Armor, Metropolitan Museum of Art", Bashford Dean, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1903. http://books.google.com/books?id=zV4yAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false

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