View full screen - View 1 of Lot 1. A suji-bachi [helmet with raised ridges] |  Signed Joshu ju Saotome Iesada (Saotome Iesada, a resident of Hitachi Province) |  Edo period, early 17th century.
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A suji-bachi [helmet with raised ridges] | Signed Joshu ju Saotome Iesada (Saotome Iesada, a resident of Hitachi Province) | Edo period, early 17th century

The Property of a European Collector

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A suji-bachi [helmet with raised ridges] | Signed Joshu ju Saotome Iesada (Saotome Iesada, a resident of Hitachi Province) | Edo period, early 17th century

A suji-bachi [helmet with raised ridges] | Signed Joshu ju Saotome Iesada (Saotome Iesada, a resident of Hitachi Province) | Edo period, early 17th century

The Property of a European Collector

A suji-bachi [helmet with raised ridges]

Signed Joshu ju Saotome Iesada (Saotome Iesada, a resident of Hitachi Province)

Edo period, early 17th century 


the sixty-two plate iron bowl with raised ridges, terminating in a three-stage silvered copper tehen kanamono of horin [dharmacakra; dharma wheel] form, plain russet iron mabisashi [peak] and fukigaeshi [turnbacks] with copper-gilt fukurin [ornamental border], the two tiered russet iron itamono-jikoro [neck guard with solid plates] with sugake odoshi [space-lacing] in green braid, unusually attached to the bowl with patinated metal fasteners, the bronze, iron and copper-gilt maedate [forecrest] realistically rendered in the form of an articulated dragonfly, this lot is sold with a wood helmet stand as illustrated 


The bowl to peak: 30 cm., 11¾ in. 

The shikoro to peak: 35 cm., 13¾ in. 

Slight surface wear to the areas between the raised ridges and the turnbacks, there is some surface wear to the interior of the neck guard all consistent with age and use of the object, the black lacquer to the underside of the plates has some small losses, old wear, scratches and chips, there is no lining to the interior of the bowl, the mount of the maedate has been re-applied.


Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


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The armourer Saotome Iesada practiced in Hitachi Province, modern day Ibaraki Prefecture, during the early Edo period (1600-1868). The son of Saotome Ienari, Iesada was the fourth master of the highly reputed Saotome line of armourers, who specialised in fine sixty-two plate helmets with raised ridges (suji-bachi).