A black-lacquer haramaki Edo period (18th century)
Lot 2287
A back-lacquer hara ate Late 19th century)
US$ 3,500 - 4,500
£2,300 - 2,900

Lot Details
A black-lacquer haramaki Edo period (18th century)
Other properties
A back-lacquer hara ate
Late 19th century)
Hara ate cuirass constructed entirely of lacquered-leather hon-kozane laced in blue leather, and orange and white silk lacing, the munaita and wakiita decorated with stenciled doe skin and edged with gilt-copper fukurin and mounted with gilt-copper hardware carved with scrolling foliage, fitted with three sections of wide two-lame kusazari

Footnotes

  • This armor was made during an armor-making revival that occurred in the second half of the 19th century where armors of the "Classical Samurai" era; namely the Heian and Kamakura periods (9th through 13th centuries) were replicated by armor smiths in response to a rise in demand for such pieces. Cuirass like this one are thought to be used by retainers on foot during the early periods, though they likely enjoyed a wider use. This example represents the best quality available in this style, featuring well-made hand-carved gilt-copper fittings and hand-stenciled and dyed pattern leather, high quality urushi and silk lacing. It is important to note that the boarder leather has "true stitching" to the picture leather (known as hon-fusegumi), not imitation stitching seen on lower quality examples. During the time that this armor was produced, there were very few smiths who could take the time and care necessary to produce this quality.
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