tosei gusoku

Byotoji-do tosei gusoku
Samurai armor with riveted cuirassJuyo katchū PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th centurCERTIFICATE Juyo katchū  dated 1989. NKBRK This authentic samurai armor is rated juyo katchū (important armor) by the Nihon Katchū Bugu Rekishi Kenkyukai of Dr. Sasama Yoshiko, author of many books on Japanese armor. The origami is dated 1989.The helmet is a very heavy and high-quality kabuto of suji-bachi type with 62 plates, decorated with gilt-metal borders and fitted with a neck protection (shikoro) with large fukigaeshi...

 PERIODMid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th century  EXHIBITIONS"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012LITERATUREG.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A2, Novara 2012 This authentic samurai armor of tosei gusoku type brings the coat of arms (kamon) with fish scale (uruko) design used by the Hirano clan, daimyō of Tawaramoto in Yamato province. The twelve-plates kabuto (helmet) of "pumpkin" shape (akoda-nari) is typical of this region, richly decorated with byakudan gold lacquer and...

Mid Edo period, 18th centuryAlthough it has not been possible to identify exactly the armor’s provenance, stylistic analysis suggests a link to the Kuroda clan, whose armor shares many similarities with this one. The choice of a momonari kabuto, a peach-shaped helmet popular among Kuroda clan samurai, is the most visible characteristic, but the really noteworthy element, distinctive to this family's armor, is the typical twin fukigaeshi on the sides of the kabuto, made of kozane plates on an egawa surface (printed leather). This link would also be confirmed by the fuji kamon (family...

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