An all-matching black lacquered Japanese ‘suit of armour’ (yoroi) with navy blue silk cords, multi-coloured and crimson hems and a two-piece cuirass (kuro’urushinuri kon’ito kurenai’suso nimaidô tôsei gusoku) featuring a crest depicting two crossed feathers in a circle 丸に違鷹羽紋 (maru ni chigai takanoha mon).
The hawk was favoured by samurai due to its bravery and intelligence as it hunted prey. Since hawk feathers were valued as materials for arrow feathers of Japanese bows, hawk feather crests were often used in samurai families as family crests.
The yoroi has a great black lacquer eight-plate suji’bachi kabuto (helmet) with vertical ribs. In front a pair of long copper kuwagata-antlers with in between a circular maedate decorated with the ‘crossed feather’-crest.
The helmet has a 6-tiered brass chrysanthemum-shaped tehen’no’kanamono (decorative apex fitting), three laced neck-guards (shikoro), a decorative golden silk tassel (agemaki) and large back-bending fukikaeshi covered with light decorative ‘smoked leather’ and appliques with the same crest.
Accompanying the helmet, is an ‘angry man’-facial mask (resseibô) with a white moustache, gold lacquered teeth and a separate nose-piece. Below the mask a laced four-piece gorget (yodarekake).
Protecting the shoulders is a seven-piece ô’sode with brass fittings featuring an open work chrysanthemum design. The sode have from the sides down and at the back golden silk cords with tassels.
The arms are protected by black lacquer vertical metal pieces (shino’kote) connected by Japanese mail (kaushi-gusari). The elbow’s protective plate is in the shape of a chrysanthemum flower, and the hand guards (tekko) are decorated with various flower-emblems in relief. This whole is placed over an amber-coloured silk with a stylized pine tree motif
The two-piece bucket-shaped cuirass with horizontal black lacquer itazane-plates (yokohagi okegawa nimaidô) and is decorated in front with the ‘feather’-crest executed in gold lacquer. Bordered by decorative leather and equipped with a pair of chrysanthemum-shaped ring with a decorative tassel. Lined with black silk with a chrysanthemums design. From the cuirass hangs a laced skirt in six-parts of five-piece kusazuri.
Around the waist a purple silk waistband (uwa’obi) with vibrant polychrome geometrical design.
The haidate that protect the upper legs consists of black lacquer metal karuta-plates laced in four rows of twelve with an interspersed flower relief design. Bordered by en-suite silk and ‘smoked leather’.
The tube-shaped grieves that protect the lower legs have three large vertical black lacquer metal pieces (do’suneate) laced in front. On plate bears bears a signature: ‘Made by Satsuma Kunizumi, 11th generation Mitsunobu’ 薩摩國住十一代光忍作.
With a square black lacquered store-box for a suit-of armour (yoroi’bako) with red lacquered rims. The front with a slightly visible ‘feather’-crest. The sides equipped with a pair of ‘pole carrying’-handles.
In a very good condition with traces of wear conform age. Please take a look at the photos for a condition reference.
Approx. height with box: 160 cm.
We include a wooden stand and an explanation how to put this armour on display. When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.
in Aziatische en tribale kunst / Japanse kunst