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A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour], Edo period, mid-18th century

The Property of a European Collector

A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour], Edo period, mid-18th century

A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour], Edo period, mid-18th century

The Property of a European Collector

A fine Nimai-do gusoku [armour] 

Edo period, mid-18th century 


the koboshi-bachi [helmet bowl with small standing rivets] of sixty-four plates, rising into a copper-gilt five-stage tehen kanamono, the large turnbacks with koidegaku mon [crest] in copper-gilt on stenciled Dutch leather, the fukurin finely chased and engraved with floral scrolls, the four tier shikoro [neckguard] in black lacquer with kebiki odoshi [close-laced] in white and orange braid, red lacquer interior, the kuwagata-dai [stylised horns fixture] chased, engraved and applied with chrysanthemum flower heads among a profusion of leaves and foliate scrolls, with a central vajra hilt fitting, pierced with boar's eyes (inome), the maedate [forecrest] of a gilt ken [double-edged Buddhist ritual sword], the mempo with a broad yak bristle moustache and chin tuft, four-tier yodare-gake [throat protector], red lacquer interior, the do [cuirass] in two sections comprising of iron kiritsuke kozane [false lamellae] plates, further stenciled leather with lions among flowers, the braid consistent in all parts, with copper-gilt kanamono and fukurin, five tier sode [shoulder guards], chainmail kote [sleeves], six tassets of five-tiered kusazuri [skirt], the lining of the underskirt decorated with a wide border of stenciled leather, mail shino sunaete [shin guards] with gilt leather, with armour box 

Overall this is a fine armour with lacing in good condition. The kabuto with some slight wear to the black lacquer of the turnbacks, a few small chips to the honkozane of the neck guard, slight wear to the silk cords with some repair. The maedate with some slight wear to gilt. There is some slight damage to the lacquer to the mempo, minor crazing to the red lacquer interior. The cuirass is in overall good condition, with some wear to the copper-gilt fukurin and slight marking to the cream coloured cord, as can be see in the illustration. Both shoulder guards with some lacquer repairs to the reverse. Both sleeves with slight wear to silk lining. The skirt with wear to the silk brocade overall, a few small chips to the black lacquer lamellae, some minor wear to the linen lining of the underskirt. The shin guards with some minor wear to the lacquer banding and silk brocade. The armour storage box has some old wear, consistent with the age and use of the object.


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.

Kozu Kobunka Museum, ed., Busho no haresugata, (Kyoto, 1991). 

Guiseppe Piva, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, (Milan, 2009), no. 19, pg. 68-69.

Kozu Kobunka Museum, Kyoto, Busho no haresugata, 1991. 

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