An exceptional mogami do tosei gusoku armour
Edo Period, 18th to 19th century; helmet signed Myochin...Naga, late Muromachi/early Momoyama Period, 16th century
A fine fifty-two-plate suji bachi black lacquered and mounted in ni-ho-jiro style with shibuichi plates to front and back overlaid with shakudo and gilt dai shinodare, an ornate seven-stage tehen kanamono, doeskin covered mabisashi and fukigaeshi, the fukigaeshi bearing the mon of the Hotta daimio family. On the front an elaborate kuwagata dai with gilt kuwagata and a dragon maedate, the shikoro of shallow o-manju style. The menpo with long white hair moustache, a nodowa, mogami sode, shino gote, kawara haidate edged with white fur, tsutsu suneate and russet iron kogake. The do of mogami style with gyoyo to the front, on the back an agemaki bow with an ukezutsu shaped to accommodate it and a striking sashimono in the form of a bunch of gilded gourds above gilded paper tassels. Constructed entirely of iron plates lacquered black and laced in pale blue sugake odoshi. Extensively mounted in gilded copper highlighted with shakudo, the hishinui no ita on each piece decorated with a sinuous dragon. Contained in two black lacquered armour boxes with leather covers displaying the mon in gold. Together with a wood stand and some additional pieces including a pair of sandals, an eboshi and an adaptor for wearing civilian swords with armour.