|Mid Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century|
|SIGNATURE||Myochin Ujiie saku|
|EXHIBITIONS||"Samurai - Passato e Presente", Novara 2012|
|LITERATURE||G.Piva - S. Verrina, Samurai - Passato e Presente, cat. A3, Novara 2012|
The helmet (kabuto) of this excellent samurai armor incorporates on an older bowl (bachi) signed by Myochin Ujiie, an armorer documented in the official Myochin genealogies as second son and pupil of the famous Smith Nobuie. Among the typical features of this armorer, we can find a quite large visor (mabizashi) and a peaked shape of the helmet.
The cuirass (dō) is in the style typical of Sendai province, created during 16th Century by an armorer called Yukinoshita: the cuirass is made of five large and heavy iron plates hinged without the use of the traditional silk lacing, to be more effective against the matchlock’s bullets. This armor, built in a later period and then with more attention to aesthetic details, has a front plate divided in two, with the upper part (munaita) laced to the larger one in blue kebiki odoshi. The surface is decorated in black lacquer with a coiled dragon, while on the whole armor there are high-level kanamono (metal fittings) in shakudo and gold. The mustaches of the mask of ressei type are painted in lacquer.
Other interesting features are the large sode on the shoulders and the protection for arm and shin (kote and suneate) of tsutsu type, with large wrapping plates.
This samurai armor is originally Japanese and for sale, in excellent condition. It is a collector's item and not a reproduction.
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Japanese armor for sale. Price on application.