Tachi-dō tosei gusoku

Early Edo period (1615–1867)



This authentic samurai armor is a tosei gusoku (modern armor), which was common throughout the time period but had certain significant innovations added. The combination of colors and ornamentation is stunning, as is typical of Inaba clan armour, with a rare purple binding (murasaki) used solely by the most senior members of the military aristocracy. The helmet, which is adorned with an amazing and extremely rare kashiradate hooked on the sides, is unquestionably the element that seems to take center stage. This element represents a kotoji, the bridge that holds the strings of the koto, a traditional Japanese musical instrument. It is constructed of hardened leather and is lacquered in silver. 

The kabuto is of the momonari type, shaped like a peach, and has a traditional hineno neck guard (shikoro). The two pieces of the tachi-dō style armor are separated by short, gold-lacquered shoulder guards (sode), which contrast with the rest of the armor and gracefully counterbalance the black lacquer of the other components.



The Inaba family originated in 16th century Mino Province; during the Edo period, as hereditary vassals of the Tokugawa, the clan was classified fudai and its members were appointed daimyō of large and strategic provinces; they also covered various important administrative, political and military roles.


Inventory Nr: 1745

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