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Black lacquer Shôwa yoroi

Price:  2.900,00

A Japanese black lacquer suit-of-armour (yoroi) with brown and green cords, a multi-coloured and orange hem, and a two-piece cuirass (kuro’urushinuri iroiro’ito hi’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.
The helmet has two neck-guards (shikoro) laced with brown and green cords, and finished with a multi-coloured and an orange hem. Decorative brown ‘smoked leather’ covers its large back-bending fukikaeshi which are fitted with two small chrysanthemum-shaped (kiku) appliques. At the back of the helmet a shiny orange silk tassel.

Accompanying the helmet is a black lacquer ‘angry man’-facial mask (resseibô) with a black moustache and a separate nose-piece. Below the mask black and gold lacquer four-piece gorget (nodawa) laced with cords in the same colour scheme as the helmet.

Protecting the shoulders is a six-piece black and gold lacquered metal ô’sode with the same coloured cords. The sode have from the sides down and at the back shiny orange silk cords with tassels.

The arms are protected by black lacquer vertical metal pieces connected by Japanese mail over a light blue and silver brocade with a floral motif (shino’kote).

The two-piece bucket-shaped cuirass with vertical-laced black and gold lacquer horizontal itazane-plates (mogami nimai’dô) has in front a pair of tassels as well and is bordered with a similar ‘smoked leather’. From the cuirass hangs a laced skirt in six-parts of five-piece kusazuri with arched(!) itazane-plates. Around the waist a moss green silk waistband (uwa’obi).

The haidate that protect the upper legs consists of laced black and gold lacquer metal itazane-plates bordered by a the same brocade and ‘smoked leather’.

The tube-shaped grieves that protect the lower legs have vertical laced black lacquer metal pieces (do’suneate).

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.

Height with box: approx.: 160 cm.
Shōwa period (1926-1989).
We include a wooden stand and an explanation how to put this armour on display.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 211151-sp

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