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

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

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

A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour] 

Edo period, 18th - 19th century


the black lacquered twenty-four plate iron bowl with raised ridges, five-stage copper-gilt tehen kanamono, the stenciled Dutch leather mabisashi [peak] and large fukigaeshi [turnbacks] decorated with karashishi among blossoms and dense foliage, four-tiered black lacquer shikoro [neck guard] with kebiki odoshi [close-spaced lacing] in dark blue braid, gilt metal kuwagata [stylised horns] on a kuwagata dai fixture, the gold lacquered maedate [forecrest] in the form of a karashishi, inset eyes, the patinated russet iron ressei mempo [face mask with fierce expression] forged with deep wrinkles, flared nostrils and open mouth, detachable nose plate, broad yak bristle moustache, red lacquer interior, two-tiered yodaregake [throat protector], the maru-do [cuirass that wraps around the body without hinges] in black lacquered honkozane [true lamellae], lined with stenciled Dutch leather and silk brocade, six-tiered osode [large shoulder guards], copper-gilt engraved kanagu [metal fittings], the kote [sleeves] with black lacquer plates and Chinese silk brocade lining, seven tassets of five-tiered kusazuri [skirt], the haidate [thigh guards] with black lacquered plates and lined in Chinese silk brocade, all components laced in matching braid, tsutsu style suneate [shin guards] comprised of three hinged iron plates, with an armour storage box


Mounted on the armour storage box: 145 cm., 57⅛ in. high

The armour storage box: 52 x 39 x 39 cm., 20½ x 15⅜ x 15⅜ in. 

Overall the suit is in good condition, consistent with the age and use of the object, some slight wear to the helmet, the Dutch leather with some small losses, in particular to the left turnback as can be seen in the illustration, slight fading to silk braid in places, some old wear to the upper part of the skirt with some lifting of the silk threads and some worn patches, the shin guards with slight old wear to the iron and linen well worn.


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