The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 30. A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour]  |  The helmet and mempo signed Nakahachiman Yoshikazu kore wo tsukuru (made by Nakahachiman Yoshikazu) |  Edo period, the helmet dated Kaei rokunen mizunoto-ushi gogatsu kichijitsu (an auspicous day in the 5th month of the Water Ox [50th term of the sexagenary cycle], 1853).

The Property of a European Collector

A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour] | The helmet and mempo signed Nakahachiman Yoshikazu kore wo tsukuru (made by Nakahachiman Yoshikazu) | Edo period, the helmet dated Kaei rokunen mizunoto-ushi gogatsu kichijitsu (an auspicous day in the 5th month of the Water Ox [50th term of the sexagenary cycle], 1853)

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May 10, 02:30 PM GMT

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60,000 - 80,000 GBP

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The Property of a European Collector

A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour]

The helmet and mempo [face mask] signed Nakahachiman Yoshikazu kore wo tsukuru (made by Nakahachiman Yoshikazu)

Edo period, the helmet dated Kaei rokunen mizunoto-ushi gogatsu kichijitsu (an auspicous day in the 5th month of the Water Ox [50th term of the sexagenary cycle], 1853)


the Myochin school fifty-two plate russet iron bowl with raised ridges, terminating in a four-stage copper-gilt tehen kanamono of typical chrysanthemum form, the first-stage chased and engraved with chrysanthemum heads in relief above scrolling foliage, russet iron mabisashi [peak], the fukigaeshi [turnbacks] in stenciled Dutch leather and applied with copper-gilt kikusui mon [chrysanthemum in water crest], two-tiered black lacquer manju-jikoro [rounded neck guard] with kebikiodoshi [close-spaced lacing] in blue braid, the copper, copper-gilt and patinated metal maedate [forecrest] in the form of an articulated dragonfly, the wings inlaid in mother-of-pearl, the russet iron ressei mempo [face mask with fierce expression] forged with deep wrinkles, detachable nose plate, yak hair moustache, red lacquer interior, two tiered yodaregake [throat protector] laced in matching braid, the do-maru [cuirass that wraps around the body without hinges] in black lacquered honkozane [true lamellae], the muna-ita [upper chest] in stenciled Dutch leather, the gyoyo [shoulder strap covers] similarly decorated and applied with further kikusui mon, five-tiered sode [shoulder guards], chainmail kote [sleeves], silk brocade lining, eight tassets of five tiered kusazuri [skirt], kawara-haidate [thigh guards] lined in silk brocade, all components laced in matching braid, shino suneate [shin guards], with sashimono [banner] in the form of three slender leaves of the barin [iris], with black lacquered wood saihai [commander's baton], with an armour display stand and two armour storage boxes


Mounted on the armour storage box: 138.5 cm., 54½ in. high

The armour storage box: 53 x 38 x 40 cm., 20⅞ x 15 x 15¾ in. 

Natural History Museum and Institute and Otaki Castle Museum, Kacchu to sono jidai, kacchu no yoshiki o chushin ni [Evolution in the Style and Form of Japanese Armor], (Chiba, 2015), pg. 17, no. 60. 

The family crest (mon) present on the turnbacks and gyoyo of this armour depicts a chrysanthemum floating on swirling waters and is associated with the Kusunoki clan.