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Complete suit of armour
Date: mid. Edo period, 18th century (Date of Kabuto could be earlier)
Dou (Chest armour): The Dou is in good condition with the original lacquer and the Buddhist symbols similar to that of the Suda clan, these symbols are found throughout the set including the Kabuto and the box. The entire Dou is made of metal plating underneath, an armour like this was very resistant in battle.
Kabuto (Helmet): The Kabuto is also in good condition. It is unusual 60 plate lacquered iron helmet which is an indication of the level of the Samurai and probably specially ordered. These were one of the most expensive and time consuming to produce. Often times it would take more time to make a helmet like this than it would take to make an entire suit. It took a great deal of expertise to make up each plate.
Mengu (Face Guard): The iron Mengu is exquisite with ears which is rare; and it has its original red lacquer on the interior. The facial hair is in good condition.
Kote (sleeves): The Kote in good condition. The chain links are all fully in tact all the way.
Hai-date (Skirt): Leather gilded harden Skirt is also in good condition.
Sune-ate (Shin guards): The Shin guards are made from iron vovered in gold lacquer.
Yoroi Box: The storage Yoroi box is in good condition with original paint and family crest. It has iron work for all the joints, and the handles and locking mechanism.
Hachisuka clan who served Hideyoshi used the Swastika symbols for their family crest.
Note: The symbols of Manji (Swastika) was also known as the gammadion cross or cross cramponnee and generally takes the form of an equilateral cross, with its four legs bent at 90 degrees. It is considered to be a very sacred and auspicious symbols in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and especially in Orient as sign of eternity (or God). In old style or script, the arm always is going to the left, In later time it become both right and left (interchangeable). The different Mon (different presentation) here are intentional to show the suit was put together by two different hands, the attached Mon on the Kabuto, and then the painted/lacquered ones on the Dou. They are permissible, and the Kabuto, and the rest/Dou do match and this complete matched suit of armour is from mid. Edo period.

Item Number #506
Price US$15,000.00

 
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