• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 83



    Price Realised  


    Edo period (18th-19th century)
    The helmet bowl an eight-plate suji-bachi of shallow domed form, with a large tehen no ana, gilt-copper kuwagata (stylized horns) and gilt maedate of a leaping dragon, three-tiered shikoro (neck guard) of gold-lacquered iron sheet, red-lacquered menpo with large sweeping moustache and three-tiered yodarekake (throat guard), large fukigaeshi with applied mon, nimai do of gold-lacquered kozane, sendan no ita and kyubi no ita, o-sode, kote, kusazuri of seven tassets, haidate of large rectangular kozane, tsutsu sune-ate (leg guards with iron plate); fukigaeshi, kyubi-no-ita, kanmuri ita of the o-sode of stenciled leather with aprocryphal Shohei-era (1356--70) date

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    Such restoration armors were a composite of styles, the helmet shape, o-sode, sendan no ita and kyubi no ita in early o-yoroi style, the cuirass, kusazuri, and haidate of later form. Many armors such as this example and lot number 68 were inspired by the archaizing movement initiated by the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune, and copies were made of early armors such as those recorded in the Shuko jisshu (Ten types of antiquities), a catalogue of old treasures compiled by Matsudaira Sadanobu around 1800. Imposing but of relatively light construction, they were made for the daimyo and their chief retainers to wear on formal journeys to Edo and other domains.