An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century
Lot 281* W
An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior
Late Edo Period, 19th century
£18,000 - 25,000
US$ 29,000 - 40,000

Lot Details
An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior Late Edo Period, 19th century
An extremely unusual armour for a female warrior
Late Edo Period, 19th century
A very heavy eight-plate low rounded helmet in russet iron, the tehen large with a simple three-stage gilt copper kanamono and a kasajirushi no kan on the back, the broad peak with a haraidate and a maedate in iron with a gilded crescent moon and a bonji of Daikokuten, a five-lame itamono jikoro of mixed leather and iron plates is divided vertically in two places and joined by mail, the fukigaeshi leather covered, a red-lacquered menpo with gilt teeth and fitted with a four-lame iron yodarekake, leather ko sode, iron tsutsu gote, leather kawara haidate and shino suneate, the do of iron hon kozane opens at the front which is covered by a separate plate, the kusazuri of leather hon kozane edged with leather, on the back an agemaki bow, lacquered black overall and laced in green in both sugake and kebiki style and mounted on blue and gold brocade; together with an armour box and wood stand. Armour box 55cm x 44cm x 42.8cm (21 5/8in x 17 3/8in x 16 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • 本小札萌黄糸黒革包女人(姫)背巻鎧 江戸時代後期(19世紀)

    The highly unusual do would seem to be modelled loosely on the ancient excavated keiko armours opening at the front with the watagami fixed at the front and no waki ita at the sides. The opening in this case being covered by a separate plate acting in the same way as the seita of the haramaki covers the opening at the back.
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