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A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, late 17th century

The Property of a European Collector

A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, late 17th century

A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, late 17th century

The Property of a European Collector

A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour]

Edo period, late 17th century 


The suji-bachi kabuto of sixty-two plates with raised ridges, copper-gilt four-stage tehen kanamono, the mabisashi [peak] and fukigaeshi [turnbacks] decorated with stenciled Dutch leather of lions among flowers and vine, the four tiered shikoro of black lacquer and with orange keboki odoshi [close-spaced lacing], the gold lacquer wood maedate in the form of stylised stag antlers, the lacquered iron mempo with mouth agape and detachable nose plate, broad yak bristle moustache and chin tuft, copper-gilt teeth, red lacquer interior, three-tier yodare-gake [throat protector], with nodowa [throat guard] embellished with mon [crests], the do [cuirass] comprising of heavy iron kiritsuke-kozane [false lamellae] with black lacquer plates, the closely spaced orange braid matching all other components, decorated throughout with gilded ogimon [hand fan crests] and nanatsu boshi mon [Seven Luminaries crest], broad seven-tiered sode [shoulder guards], the kote [sleeves] weaved in a dense chirimen gusari [European-style chainmail], six tassets of five-tiered kusazuri [skirt], the lining of the decorated with bands of rippling water, the sunaete decorated in copper-gilt with butterflies and further nanatsu boshi mon, with armour box

In general overall this is in fine condition. The helmet with a few very slight chips and slight cracks to the lacquer. The forecrest with some damage to the gold lacquer to the reverse. The mempo has some restoration to the lacquer surface. The throat-guard with some slight wear to the black lacquer. The cuirass overall in good condition, with a few minor chips to the lacquer. The shoulder guards with some slight marks to the Dutch leather to one, and a few minor chips to the black lacquer on both. The very fine mail has a few areas of lacquer missing from the takamaki-e. The skirt in good condition. The shin-guards with some old wear and slight scratches to the black lacquer, one brocade strap slightly damaged. The armour storage box has an crack running across two of the panels and some slight old damage to the feet.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Yoshino Tatsuo Collection, Chiba.  
Suzuki Tomonari, Armes et Armures du Japon ancien, (Paris, 1979). 

Kyoto Arashiyama Bijutsukan, Tetsu to urushi no geijutsu: Kyoto Arashiyama Bijutsukan zohinshu, (Kyoto, 1986).

Guiseppe Piva, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, (Milan, 2009), no. 6, pg. 49.

Musée Cernuschi, Paris, Armes et Armures du Japon ancien, 1979. 

Saitama Prefecture Museum, Saitama, Musashi yukari no buki, 1986. 

Palazo Reale, Milan, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, 2009. 

The fan-shaped crest (ogi mon) prominently decorated throughout the armour is associated with the Satake clan, daimyo heralding from Hitachi Province, but later based in the Kubota Domain during the Edo period when this armour was made. The Seven Luminaries crest (nanatsu boshi mon) also features on this armour suit, alluding to that of the Wada clan who administered part of the Satake’s territories. With the two crests equally present, it is possible that the armour was worn by a member of the Satake who was later adopted by the Wada, a common practice among daimyo families when the practical necessity arose.