17 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 23,750
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 25,000
A Nimai-Do Suit of Armor
Edo period (18th Century)
The entire suit lacquered gold and laced in white and red comprising a thirty-two plate iron hoshi kabuto with a four-stage tehen of shakudo and gilt, the helmet peak and fukigaeshi covered in stencilled leather, the gilt kuwagata-dai finely carved with scrolling foliage, the forecrest of a gilt shishi and with kuwagata, the bowl fitted with a gilt three lame neck-guard the lower part lacquered red with mokko and omodaka leaf family crests in gold lacquer, the fukigaeshi applied with shakudo dragon menuki; an iron face-mask fitted with a four-lame gold lacquered throat guard, with red signature of Fusanobu saku; cuirass a two-plate do of gold-lacquered honkozane (true scales), the upper part laced in red and the lacing forming a red sun against white on the lower part, with a kusazuri formed of seven sections of five-lame tassets, the lower parts lacquered in gold with the family crests on red base, the muna-ita, waki-ita and oshitsuke-no-ita lacquered in gold with scrolling foliages on black lacquer; the gyoyo covered with stencilled leather; o-sode decorated with gold karakusa on the black kanmuri-ita and with the gold lacquered family crests on a red ground along the bottom edge, with gilt-metal fittings; chain mail shino-gote sleeves with gold-lacquered rectangular and gourd-shaped iron plates on the upper arms lacquered gold leather thigh guards; iron splint gold-lacquered shin guards; with wood storage box
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