Red lacquer suit-of-armour
Price: € 3.650,00
A Japanese red lacquer suit-of-armour (yoroi) with orange and green cords, multi-coloured and yellow hems and a two-piece cuirass (kurenai’urushinuri iroiro’ito odoshi nimaidô gusoku).
The yoroi has a nice red lacquer ten-plate hoshi’kabuto-helmet. In front a pair of long kuwagata-antlers with in between a sarcophagus-shaped maedate inscribed with: Hachiman Bosatsu (Great bodhisattva Hachiman, the protector of the Warrior-class). The helmet has two neck-guards (shikoro) laced with orange and green cords and finished with a multi-coloured and a green hem. Decorative light brown ‘smoked leather’ covers its large back-bending fukikaeshi which are fitted with two small appliques in the shape of chrysanthemums 菊 (kiku).
Accompanying the helmet, is a red lacquer ‘angry man’-facial mask (resseibô) with a dark brown moustache, gold lacquered teeth and a separate nose-piece. Below the mask a red lacquer four-piece gorget (yodarekake) laced with cords in the same colour-scheme as the helmet.
Protecting the shoulders is a six-piece red lacquered metal oo’sode laced with similar coloured cords. The sode have from the sides down and at the back orange silk cords with tassels.
The arms are protected by red lacquer vertical metal pieces connected by Japanese mail over a light brocade with a scrolling foliage motif (shino’kote).
The two-piece bucket shaped cuirass with vertical laced horizontal red lacquer itazane-plates (itazane nimai’dô) has in front two orange 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 moss green silk waistband (uwa’obi). A small dark brown leather pouch with an oval ceramic netsuke can be hang from the side.
The haidate that protect the upper legs consists of laced red lacquer metal karuta-plates bordered by a similar brocade and ‘smoked leather’.
The tube-shaped suneate that protect the lower legs have vertical red lacquer metal pieces connected by Japanese mail (shino’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 very good condition with some traces of age and wear. Please look at the photos for a clear condition reference.
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.