The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

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A fine dangae okegawa nimai-do gusoku [armour] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th century - early 17th century

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May 10, 02:42 PM GMT

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100,000 - 150,000 GBP

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A fine dangae okegawa nimai-do gusoku [armour]

Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th century - early 17th century 


the iron kawari kabuto [unsually shaped helmet] in the form of a nagezukin [flowing hood], the mabisashi [peak] formed as the face of a demon, gold lacquer fukigaeshi [turnbacks], five-tiered black lacquered iron kiritsuke kozanehineno-jikoro [false lamellae close-fitting neck guard] with kebiki odoshi [close-spaced lacing] in dark blue braid, the lacquered wood wakidate [lateral crests] in the form of stylised gourds, the sabiji-nuri [simulated russet iron] ressei men [face mask with fierce expression] forged with prominent cheek bones, flared nostrils and open mouth, detachable nose plate, broad yak bristle moustache, silver lacquer teeth, red lacquer interior, three-tiered black lacquer and stenciled Dutch leather yodaregake [throat protector], the heavy iron do [cuirass] hinged in two pieces of barrel-type construction with alternating iron false lamellae and sabiji-nuri lacquer plates rivetted together, six-tiered chu-sode [medium sized shoulder guards], shino-gote [sleeves] in shige-gusari chainmail weave, etchu-style haidate [thigh guards] also in shige-gusari with sukashi [filigree] work in the form of cherry blossom and corrugated iron rectangles, shino suneate [shin guards], with an armour display stand, armour storage box and two further contemporary storage boxes


Mounted on the armour storage box: approx. 146 cm., 57½ in. high (excluding helmet fittings)

The armour storage box: each approx. 54 x 43 x 45 cm., 21¼ x 17 x 17¾ in. 

Yuzankaku, Nihon no mei kabuto, (Tokyo, 1972), pg. 108 & pg. 253.

Akatsuki Kyoiku Tosho, Touitsu no hassha, (Tokyo, 1974), pg. 43. 

Zusetsu, Sengoku no kawari kabuto, (Tokyo, 2010), pg. 148 & back cover (illustrated).  

Iwakuni Museum, Kattchu to kabuto, 30 November 2015, pg. 50-51.