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Red and gold lacquer Japanese samurai armor, 17th Century
Dangae-dō tosei gusokuAssembled red and gold lacquer Japanese samurai armor PERIODEarly Edo period (1615-1868),  17th CenturyPROVENANCE Ii Naomasa This suit of armor seems to belong to the "Red Devils" samurai of Ii Naomasa, who used to wear red lacquered (shu-urushi) armor with large golden stylized horns on the kabuto. The armors of the Ii retainers were also red, together with banners and accessories, hence taking the name of “Ii no akazonae” (“the red equipment of Ii”).This interesting samurai armor shows two different styles...

Dangae-dō tosei gusoku
Dangae-dō tosei gusokuSamurai armor with a mixed styles cuirass PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century The armor shows an unknown family crest on its helm and on the backs of the hands (tekko).The components of the armor are upholstered with leather, which has been applied also to the ligatures of the lower part of the cuirass (produced with iyo-zane plates) using a more rare manufacturing than the common lacquer trims.The sixty-two plate helm (kabuto) is of type suji bachi, and it is covered in black lacquer, as well as the mask (menpo) and the three limb...

Go-mai-dō tosei gusokuSamurai Armor with a five-plates cuirassKaga schoolMid Edo period, 18th century The helmet (kabuto) is of suji-bachi construction, of tall shape (koseizan), made with 62 plates. The helmet’s shape suggests an attribution to the armorers of the Haruta Kaga school. The maedate (front ornament) is a classical inome (boar’s eye), a typical feature of suits of samurai armor from the region of Kaga, as is the flat round tehen-ho-kanamono on the top of the kabuto. The inome design is found also on the shoulders’ guards (both on sode and ko-hire...

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