The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

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A fine honkozane maru-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, 18th century

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May 10, 02:41 PM GMT


100,000 - 150,000 GBP

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A fine honkozane maru-do gusoku [armour] 

Edo period, 18th century

the black lacquered three-plate iron bowl in Etchu zunari [head-shape] form, plain black lacquer mabisashi [peak], the small fukigaeshi [turnbacks] in stenciled Dutch leather, copper-gilt fukurin [ornamental border], five-tiered black lacquer manju shikoro [rounded neck guard] in kiritsuke-kozane [false lamellae] with kebiki odoshi [close-spaced lacing] in orange braid, gold and black lacquered wood zutate [top crest] in the form of an adze [chisel head], gold, black and red lacquered maedate [forecrest] in the form of a shigami, applied with yak hair, inset eyes, the richly patinated russet iron ryubu men [face mask with noble expression] forged with smooth unwrinkled face and open mouth, detachable nose plate, silver inlaid moustache and chin tuft, four-tiered yodaregake [throat protector] in kiritsuke kozane, the nodawa [throat guard] in honkozane [true lamellae], black lacquered honkozane maru-do [rounded cuirass], the muna-ita decorated in stenciled Dutch leather, copper-gilt fukurin, seven tiered sode [shoulder guard], black lacquered iron plate shino-gote [sleeves] joined in kuiai-gusari chainmail weave, reverse with gold and black lacquer sashimono [standard] modeled as three narrow leaves of the barin [iris], seven tassets of four-tiered kusazuri [skirt], horse hair edging, all components laced in matching braid, black lacquer and silk brocade haidate [thigh guards], shino suneate [shin guards], with an armour display stand, two armour storage boxes and leather covers 

Mounted on the armour storage box: approx. 150 cm., 59 in. high (excluding fittings and standard)

The armour storage box: each 53.5 x 41.5 x 38.5 cm., 21⅛ x 16⅜ x 15⅛ in.