Faith in the third-day moon (Shinko no mikazuki)

Faith in the third-day moon (Shinko no mikazuki)

Yamanaka Kikanosuke Yukimori (16th century) was one of the Ten Heroes of the Amako Clan in Isumo Province. Here he is shown in full armor, wearing a Hozoin halberd (print #95), and a helmet with the crescent (or third-day) moon. This is often considered to have been Yukimori’s personal choice.  However, the moon shaped maedate (figured plate) may also have been an intrinsic part of the Amako battle helmet, by which these warriors stood out in the field. (printed February 1886)

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