A suit of armor with a hishi toji ni-mai do Helmet bowl by Myochin Yoshimichi, late Muromachi period (16th century), armor mid-Edo period (18th century)
Lot 3032
A SUIT OF ARMOR WITH A MYOCHIN-SCHOOL HELMET AND A HISHI TOJI NI-MAI DO Helmet bowl by Myochin Yoshimichi, late Muromachi period, 16th century, armor mid-Edo period (18th century)
Sold for US$ 48,800 inc. premium
Auction Details
The Samurai Sale New York
22 Oct 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17926
A nishi toji ni-mai do tosei gusoku A nishi toji ni-mai do tosei gusoku
Lot Details
A SUIT OF ARMOR WITH A MYOCHIN-SCHOOL HELMET AND A HISHI TOJI NI-MAI DO
Helmet bowl by Myochin Yoshimichi, late Muromachi period, 16th century, armor mid-Edo period (18th century)
Comprising a fine sixty-two plate russet-iron suji bachi, signed Myochin Yoshimichi, mounted with a five-lame komanju jikoro of kiritsuke kozane, the fukigaeshi and mabisashi trimmed with "rope" fukurin in shakudo, a shakudo crest on the fukigaeshi is repeated in three places of the hishinui no ita, the simple maedate of a circle and on either side of the helmet a black-lacquer wakidate of wisteria flowers; russet-iron menpo applied with a boar's hair mustache, the kosode laced in bands of blue, yellow, white and mauve; the cuirass a nimai okegawa hishi toji do with hinged gourd-shaped gyoyo, the right side hinged to open independently, laced in dark blue kebiki odoshi lacing over black lacquer; tsubo gote and shino suneate russet-iron splashed with sawari; kawara haidate; one armor box

With a Tokubetusu Kicho certificate issued by the Nihon Bugu Katchu Kenkyu Hozan Kai (Society for the preservation of Japanese armor)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Kato Yasumune, 4th lord of Ozu province


    This suit of armor includes a Myochin-school helmet by Yoshimichi, one of the early masters of the Myochin school of armor makers. His work is considered on par with founding members of the line Nobuie and Takayoshi.

    The provenance of this suit has been verified by research provided by the Museum of the City of Ozu. Extensive research into the life of Kato Yasumune, his family, his connections to his wife's family and those of his vassals has been carefully documented by the museum, making this one of the best researched and most clearly verifiable daimyo suits of armor to come to market.
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