Gunsen - Lacquered war fan. 18th century, Japan. War fan in black, red and gold-lacquered paper. The strands are in black-lacquered iron. One side depicts the Pleiades constellation, the other side is decorated with the hi no maru (Rising sun). Signed Minamoto Yoshimichi. Provenance: Ancienne collection Bernard Le Dauphin.
Japanese samurai's helmet, Kabuto 兜. Koshotan-Nari-Zaboshi Bachi Kabuto, helmet with elaborate decoration in gilded wood in the shape of an octopus. Edo period (1603-1868). Japan, end of 18th century. Florence, Museo Stibbert [Getty Images]