Japanese Samurai Armor
This is a good quality edo period Samurai armor. The
Kabuto is 6 plate iron body Russet lacquered, with large horns
each side that are probably a later replacement. The front
maedate is brass and original to the kabuto. The menpo or mask
is black lacquered iron with lacquered metal plate lames with matching blue
The 'Do' is of very good quality and is russet iron plates
with black lacquered outsides that has crushed abalone shell in
it. Black lacquered metal plates hang from it with dark
blue lacing. This 'Do' has a 'Renjaku' which is to help
support the weight. Heavy silk cords hang over the shoulder
and under the straps to emerge through the eyelet holes in the
lower front of the Do where they are tied together. This
would suspend the Do above the shoulders helping like a shock
absorber when riding or walking.
The Kote are heavy black lacquered iron plates held by chain
mesh attached to a cloth backing. Patterned doeskin leather
on the inside of the hands. There is also a heavy close link chain
mail half jacket that was worn under the Do.
The shin guards are lacquered metal plates with chain mail.
One side has a piece of the top fabric gone. The thigh apron
has lacquered iron plates held by chain mail on fabric. The armor
box is lacquered wood and in average condition.
Overall a very good quality set of Samurai Armor that dates
to the mid Edo period and is is very good condition with only
a couple of minor breaks to the lacing (normal for an armor of this
Price $19,150 AUD
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