A large gilded suit-of-armour ōyoroi (hi’ito odoshi yoroi)
Price: € 7.800,00
A top quality large gilded ōyoroi with orange cords (hi’ito odoshi yoroi). A large hoshikabuto-helmet with gilded parts, large fukikaeshi decorated with ‘smoked leather’ and openwork dragon crests; in front large connected kuwagata-antlers and a maedate in the shape of a Buddhist sword (sankotsukaken), the sword
of King of Wisdom Fudō myōō who subdues all evil. The helmet has four neck guards (shikoro) and at the back an orange tassel. A dark brown facial mask
with the face of grim looking old man with separate noose piece and ear pieces (resseibō). A four-piece gorget (nodowa). Large seven-piece sode with orange cords protect the shoulders. Japanese mail and gilded gourd pieces over brocate protect the arms (fukubekote). The two-piece cuirass is in front decorated with ‘smoked leather’ and has at the back laced honkozane and a large orange tassel. Below the nodowa and covering the upper part of the cuirass hangs a second nodowa: a semi-circular two-piece laced collar. On the cuirass hangs a sendan- no-ita with orange cords (hi’ito odoshi) (right) and a ‘dove-tail’ piece (kyūbi-no-
ita) with “leather” (left) that protects against arrows. From the cuirass hangs a square skirt of four five-piece kusazuri (one piece hangs from a plate covering
the place where the cuirass is closed). Haidate with laced gold lacquered metal strips protect the upper legs, gilded cylindrical suneate with a tateage knee-piece protect the lower legs (dōsuneate), boar skin cover its shoes. In a large square plain wooden chest on feet for a suit-of-armour (yoroibitsu). The ōyoroi is an elaborate modern version of an ōyoroi used by the aristocracy during the civil wars of the Nanbokuchō period (14th century). Early Showa Period.