Black lacquer suit-of-armour (yoroi)

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Price:  3.450,00

A complete Japanese black lacquer suit-of-armour (yoroi) laced with orange and white silk cords, and with a multicoloured and vermillion hem and a 2-piece cuirass (kuro’urushinuri iroiro’ito kurenai’suso nimai’dô tôsei gusoku) featuring a ‘dwarf bamboo’-crest 根笹紋 (nezasa’mon).

– 8-plate suji’bachi kabuto (helmet with raised ridges) with ken-shaped maedate with an embossed inscription: ‘Hachiman Bosatsu’ (Great bodhisattva Hachiman, the protector of the Warrior-class).
Between a pair of long kuwagata-antlers, 6-tiered chrysanthemum-shaped tehen’no’kanamono (decorative apex fitting), green silk agemaki (decorative tassel), 3-tiered ‘itazane’-plate shikoro (neck guards) and large back-bending fukikaeshi (face guards) covered with brown decorative ‘smoked leather’ borders and fitted with chrysanthemum (kiku) appliques.
– ‘Angry man’-facial mask (resseibô) with separate nose piece with white moustache and gold lacquered teeth, and 4-tiered ‘itazane’-plate gorget (yodarekake).
– Sode (shoulder guards), ô-type, constructed with 7 rows of ‘itazane’-plate fitted with gilded copper decorative hardware with a chrysanthemum motif, accessorized with green silk cords and decorative tassels.
– Kote (bracer), shino-type, metal pieces connected by Japanese mail (kaushi-gusari), placed over light brocade silk with a pine tree design. The hand guards (tekko) decorated with a design of different flower emblems in relief.
– Dô (cuirass) of the ‘yokohagi okegawa’-type with a large gold lacquered ‘bamboo’-crest in front. The front also with a pair of small silk agemaki hanging from an ‘kiku’-shaped cord ring. Black silk lining with arabesque motif. hanging from the cuirass are 6-parts of 5-piece ‘itazane’-plate kusazuri (tassets).
– Old pink silk uwa’obi (waistband) with embroidered flowers. -discoloured-
– Haidate (thigh armour), ‘kawara’-type, of 4-rows of 12 black lacquered rectangular plates with an alternating star design in relief. Placed on light silk with a flower design and with matching brown decorative ‘smoked leather’ borders.
– Suneate (shin guards), tsutsu-type, tube-shaped with large vertical metal plates laced over light silk with a wave design, and with green tateage (knee guards) -some wear of the tateage-.

Complete with a square black lacquered store-box for a suit-of armour (yoroi’bako) with red lacquered rims and fitted with ‘pole carrying’-handles at the sides. The front lacquered in gold with matching bamboo crest.

Height with box: approx. 160 cm.

Period: Japan – Early Shôwa period (Second quarter 20th century).

In a very good condition with minimal traces of wear conform age, and as described before. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

We include a black wooden stand and an explanation how to put this armour on display. When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : C2661


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