Black lacquer suit-of-armour (yoroi)
Price: € 3.200,00
A Japanese black lacquer suit-of-armour (yoroi) with orange cords, a dark blue hem and a two-piece cuirass (kuro’urushinuri hi’ito kon’suso nimaidô tôsei gusoku).
The yoroi has a nice black lacquer ten-plate hoshi’kabuto-helmet. In front a pair of long kuwagata-antlers with in the middle a gilded round maedate, engraved with a refined scrolling foliage motif. The helmet has two neck-guards (shikoro) laced with white and dark blue cords and finished with a multi-coloured and an orange hem. Decorative light ‘smoked leather’ covers its large back-bending fukikaeshi which are fitted with two small gilded chrysanthemum-shaped (kiku) appliques. At the back of the helmet an golden tassel.
Accompanying the helmet is a black lacquer ‘angry man’-facial mask (resseibô) with a white moustache, gold lacquer teeth and a separate nose-piece. Below the mask gold and black lacquer three-piece gorget (nodawa) laced with cords in the same colour scheme as the helmet bordered by the same “smoked leather”.
Protecting the shoulders is a six-piece gold and black lacquered metal ô’sode with the same coloured cords. The sode have from the sides down and at the back golden silk cords with tassels. The lowest itazane-plate is fitted with gilded chrysanthemum-shaped appliques in relief.
The arms are protected by black lacquer vertical metal pieces connected by Japanese mail over a opalescent golden and brown brocade with a geometrical floral motif (shino’kote).
The two-piece bucket-shaped cuirass with vertical laced gold and black lacquer horizontal itazane-plates (mogami nimai’dô) has in front a pair of golden tassels and is bordered with a similar ‘smoked leather’. From the cuirass hangs a laced skirt in six-parts of five-piece kusazuri. Around the waist a brown silk waistband (uwa’obi).
The haidate that protect the upper legs consists of 2-sections of laced gold and black lacquer metal itazane-plates bordered by a green and blue brocade with a chrysanthemum motif and by the same ‘smoked leather’.
The tube-shaped grieves that protect the lower legs have vertical laced black lacquer metal pieces (do’suneate).
The light brown ‘boar’-skin kegutsu (fur shoes) with a ‘smoked leather’ tab in front, a brocade border with a white hem, and an orange cord.
With a square black lacquered store-box for a suit-of armour (yoroi’bako). The front of the store-box decorated with the character mae 前 (“in front”) in gold. The Kanji “Mae” meaning “the first”; in other words: “I, who has priority above others”.
In a very good condition with some traces of age and wear. Please look at the photos for reference to its condition.
Shōwa period (1926-1989).
Height with box: approx.: 160 cm.
We include a wooden stand and an explanation how to put this armour on display.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.