A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour] | Edo period, 18th century
A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour]
Edo period, 18th century
the twenty-two plate black lacquer iron bowl with raised ridges, five-stage copper-gilt tehen kanamono, the mabisashi [peak] with stenciled Dutch leather, the fukigaeshi [turnbacks] similarly decorated and applied with aoi mon [leaves of wild ginger crests], the three-tiered black lacquer shikoro [neck guard] in kebiki odoshi [close-spaced lacing] in dark blue and pale blue braid, lacquered wood maedate of a silver fox, red lacquer detail, fitted wood storage box with inscription; the hammered iron mempo with detachable nose plate, yak hair moustache, red lacquer interior, two tiered yodaregake [throat protector], the nodowa [throat guard] of two tiers in black lacquer and laced in matching braid; the rounded maru-do [cuirass] in black lacquered honkozane [true lamellae] laced in matrching dark blue and pale blue braid, stenciled Dutch leather, black copper-gilt fukurin, six-tiered osode [large shoulder guards], chainmail kote [sleeves], seven tassets of five tiered kusazuri [skirt], the haidate [underskirt] with fine silk brocade and further stenciled leather, the reverse in green silk, two armour storage boxes
Mounted on the armour storage box: approx. 144 cm., 56¾ in. high
The armour storage box: each 53 x 39.5 x 39 cm., 20⅞ x 15½ x 15⅜ in.
Please note that the wood armour display stand illustrated is not included in this lot. An armour stand can be ordered from the department.
Overall the armour is in good condition, there are a few minor chips to the raised ridges of the kabuto, particularly at the back of the helmet, the gilt is slightly worn, slight staining to the edge of the leather to the peak, the face mask with some restorations to the patination, the original black lacquer surface has been replaced with a later surface patination
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