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A nanban-do gusoku [armour with European style cuirass] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century

Armour from an Important Private European Collection

A nanban-do gusoku [armour with European style cuirass] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century

A nanban-do gusoku [armour with European style cuirass] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century

Armour from an Important Private European Collection

A nanban-do gusoku [armour with European style cuirass] 

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


the eleven plate russet iron bowl of shii-nari [acorn-shaped] form, terminating in a copper ring tehen kanamono, the mabisashi [peak] with hammered brow, small black lacquer fukigaeshi [turnbacks], three-tiered gold lacquer shikoro [neck guard] with kebiki odoshi [close-spaced lacing] in dark blue braid, the maedate [forecrest] in the form of a five-storied pagoda, the russet iron mempo [face mask] of tanuki [racoon dog] form, three-tiered yodaregake [throat protector] in matching braid, the heavy iron nanban do [cuirass] hinged in two pieces and comprised solid iron plates with standing rivets, five-tiered sode [shoulder guards], chainmail kote [sleeves], seven tassets of five-tiered kusazuri [skirt], all components laced in matching braid, chainmail and haidate [thigh guards] with blue silk brocade lining, shino suneate [shin guards], with an armour display stand and a modern armour stroage box  


Mounted on the armour storage box: 140.5 cm., 55¼ in. high 

The armour storage box: 52.5 x 41.5 x 41.5 cm., 20⅝ x 16¼ x 16¼ in.

Overall the armour is in good condition, however there is some wear to the gold lacquer of the shoulder guards, sleeves and gauntlets, there are some small areas of chainmail linkage detached, there is some slight surface rust to the iron parts, the textiles overall are slightly faded and worn in places, particularly in the sleeves, the silk lining to the skirt is faded and worn, the armour box is a modern replacement and in fair condition with some of the fittings slightly detached. 


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For another example of a face mask in the form of a racoon dog (tanuki), see Robert Burawoy, Études du Meiko Zukan: Armuriers du Japon XVIe-XVIIIe siècle, (Paris, 2008), pg. 117. 

For a further example, see L. John Anderson et al., Art of Armor: Samurai Armor From The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, (Connecticut, 2011), no. 46, pg. 208.