The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

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A byotoji yokohagi-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, 18th century

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A byotoji yokohagi-do gusoku [armour] 

Edo period, 18th century

the fine sixty-two plate iron bowl with raised ridges, terminating in a five-stage copper-gilt and shakudo tehen kanamono of typical stylised chrysanthemum form, russet iron mabisashi [peak] the fukigaeshi [turnbacks] applied with copper-gilt agari-fuji ni dai no ji mon [ascending wisteria crests with dai character crests], nawame fukurin [ornamental border with rope impression], five-tiered solid plate shikoro [neck guard] with sugake odoshi [spaced lacing] in dark blue braid, gold and black lacquered circular maedate [forecrest] decorated with a further agari-fuji ni dai no ji mon, above kuwagata [stylised horns] fixture, patinated russet iron mempo forged in ryubu style with smooth, unwrinkled face and open mouth, detachable nose plate, red? lacquer interior, three-tiered yodaregake [throat protector] laced in matching braid, the russet iron do [cuirass] hinged in two pieces and comrpised of vertical iron plates rivetted together, hammered with stylised blossoms to some of the rivets, five-tiered sode [shoulder guards], chainmail hyotan-gote [sleeves with gourd-shaped embellishments], orange silk brocade lining, the tekko [guantlets], hammered, chased and engraved with chrysanthemums, seven tassets of five-tiered kusazuri [skirt], chainmail haidate [thigh guards] lined with further silk brocade, shino suneate [shin guards], accompanied with three white and blue silk hata [flags] each decorated with dai no ji under torii gates and further agari-fuji ni dai no ji mon, gold and black lacquered stands, wood bases, with an armour display stand and armour storage boxes

The ascending wisteria crests with dai character family crests (agari-fuji ni dai no ji kamon) that appear on the forecrest, turnbacks, flags and armour box are associated with the cadet branch of the Okubo clan, daimyo of the Karasuyama Domain in Shimotsuke Province from 1725 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.