A byotoji-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, 17th century
Armour from an Important Private European Collection
A byotoji-do gusoku [armour]
Edo period, 17th century
the sixty-two plate russet iron bowl with standing rivets, terminating in a four-stage copper tehen kanamono, small russet iron mabisashi [peak], leather fukigaeshi [turnbacks] applied with copper-gilt katabami mon [wood sorrel crests], nawame fukurin [ornamental border with impressed rope], four-tiered black lacquer itamono ko-manju jikoro [slightly rounded neck guard with solid plates] with sugake odoshi [spaced lacing] in blue braid, the interior of the bowl signed Soshu ju ... saku (made by... a resident of Soshu Province), the gold and red lacquer maedate [forecrest] in the form of stylised clouds, the russet iron mempo [face mask] forged in ryubu style with unwrinkled face and mouth slightly ajar, detachable nose plate, yadome [standing flanges] to the cheeks, red lacquer interior, four-tiered yodaregake [throat protector] with kebiki odoshi [close-spaced lacing] in dark blue braid, the iron do [cuirass] hinged in two pieces and comprised of horizontal rivetted iron plates carved and cut in tsure yamamichi [connected mountain paths] style, two-tiered sode [shoulder guards] each with a karashishi in uchidashi [repoussé], chainmail kote [sleeves], seven tassets of five-tiered kusazuri [skirt], the haidate [thigh guards] with black lacquer plates and blue linen and leather lining, shino suneate [shin guards], with an armour display stand and armour storage box
Mounted on the armour storage box: 141 cm., 55½ in. high
The armour storage box: 54.5 x 41.5 x 41.5 cm., 21½ x 16⅜ x 16⅜ in.
The russet iron to this armour of the cuirass, shoulder guards and sleeves with some areas of rust and pitting consistent with age and use, the cuirass has some surface wear overall with slight nicks to the edges, the lining to the shoulder guards faded, the lining to the sleeves worn, some of the lamellae with minor chips and the black lacquer reverse repaired in places, the lining around the neck area is well worn and detached in places, the forecrest has some old damage, the face mask has some wear and rust to the surface, the armour box is modern and worn in places.
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