Red lacquer suit-of-armour

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Price:  3.200,00

A great, complete and all-matching Japanese red lacquer suit-of-armour (yoroi) with green and orange cords, a multicoloured and ‘golden’ hem and a 2-piece cuirass finished with copper rims (kurenai’urushinuri iroiro’ito kin’suso nimaidô tôsei gusoku) featuring a large dragon emblem on the cuirass (dô).

– 10-plate hoshi’bachi kabuto (helmet with domed rivets) with long brass kuwagata-antlers and a ken-shaped maedate decorated with an black open work scrolling foliage ornament. 5-Tiered chrysanthemum-shaped tehen’no’kanamono (decorative apex fitting), orange silk decorative tassel (agemaki), 2-tiered ‘itazane’-plate shikoro (neck guards) and large back-bending fukikaeshi (face guards) covered with decorative ‘smoked leather’ and fitted with circular appliques shaped like chrysanthemum flowers (kiku).
– ‘Angry man’-facial mask (resseibô), separate nose-piece with black moustache, and 4-tiered ‘itazane’-plate gorget (yodarekake).
– Sode (shoulder guards), ô-type, constructed with 6 ‘itazane’-plates, adorned with orange silk cords with decorative tassels.
– Kote (bracer), shino-type, long lacquered metal pieces connected by Japanese mail (kaushi-gusari), placed over écru brocade silk with a floral design.
– Dô (cuirass), ‘hishinui dô’-type, laced red lacquered ‘itazane’-plates, with a 6-parts of 5-piece ‘itazane’-plate kusazuri (tassets) boasting a large applique with an relief design of a sinuous dragon. From the shoulder hang a pair of so-called ‘apricot leaves’ (gyôyô). In front two small orange silk agemaki.
– Brown silk waistband (uwa’obi) -discoloured-.
– Haidate (thigh armour) of 4-rows of 18 red lacquered laced ‘kawara’-plates, matching silk and decorative ‘smoked leather’ borders.
– Suneate (shin guards), ‘shino’-type, with vertical metal plates connected by kaushi-gusari with matching tateage (knee guards).

Complete 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”.

Height with box: approx. 160 cm.

Period: Japan – Mid-Shôwa period (Mid 20th century).

Considering its age in a very good original condition with some traces of wear conform age. For a clear condition reference, please have a look at the photos.

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. : C2011

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