A hotoke do tosei gusoku armour
Edo Period, 17th-18th century
The simple zunari kabuto modelled to represent the head of an oni, the front formed as the face with gilded eyes, painted ears and horns, red lips above gilded teeth which when worn with the mask give the impression of an open mouth, the helmet bowl covered with dark brown fur, a five-lame iron itamono jikoro black-lacquered and laced with dark blue sugake odoshi, the shikoro attached with mon-headed rivets, the simple black lacquered fukigaeshi with small gilt sparrow and bamboo mon, black-lacquered hambo decorated overall with a karakusa design in gold, the yodarekake of kusari, solid iron plate sode covered in bear fur, the lower plate black lacquered and laced on, oda gote black lacquered with gilt mon on the tekko, the iron do covered on the front and back with bear fur, the lower two plates of black-lacquered kiritsuke kozane laced in dark blue kebiki odoshi and on the back of the do a gattari and machi uke. The kawara haidate have the lower edge trimmed with bear fur, the sparrow, bamboo and the triple bar mon which appear in a number of places on the armour would suggest the Date Family; together with two armour boxes and wood stand. Armour boxes 52cm x 37.6cm x 39cm (20½in x 24¾in x 15 3/8in); 51cm x 36cm x 37.3cm (20in x 14¼in x 14 5/8in).