18 March 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 29,800
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 25,000
An Orange-Laced Domaru Suit of Armor
Edo period (19th century)
Lacquered gold, laced in orange and decorated with gilt-metal hardware pierce-carved with chrysanthemums, and comprising a russet-iron hoshi-bachi with large standing rivets (o-boshi) and decorated on the bowl with gilt-metal shinodare and four-stage chrysanthemum tehen kanamono and mounted with a wide four-lame neck guard with large turnbacks decorated with stenciled doe skin and gilt-metal hollyhock crests, the kuwagata-dai pierced-carved with chrysanthemums and reserves of holyhock crests, gilt-metal kuwagata and gilt-metal forecrest formed as the invocation Hachiman daibosatsu; black-lacquer iron face mask with hinged nose plate, boar-bristle moustache and red-lacquer lips, fitted with a three-lame throat guard; two-lame nodawa with stenciled doe skin; the ni-mai do-maru cuirass with stenciled doe skin on the upper sections and fitted with seven sections of five-lame tassets; gyoyo with stenciled doe skin and hollyhock crests; o-sode; tsutsu gote lacquered gold; haidate split into six sections in the lower two lames; tsutsu suneate lacquered gold; one armor box laquered red and applied with the gilt-metal character mae and inscribed on the underside of the cover Mikawa kuni Okazaki Honda Motonobu shi shuri kan and dated, signed and inscribed Ansei ninen shigatsu hi (1855.4) Edo oite Fujiwara Jubei
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