Munemitsu (active 17th/18th century) A very rare 104 plate suji-kabutoEdo period (1615-1868), 17th/18th century
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Munemitsu (active 17th/18th century)
A very rare 104 plate suji-kabuto
Edo period (1615-1868), 17th/18th century
Sold for US$ 20,000 inc. premium

Arts of the Samurai

30 Oct 2017, 14:00 EDT

New York

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Munemitsu (active 17th/18th century) A very rare 104 plate suji-kabutoEdo period (1615-1868), 17th/18th century Munemitsu (active 17th/18th century) A very rare 104 plate suji-kabutoEdo period (1615-1868), 17th/18th century Munemitsu (active 17th/18th century) A very rare 104 plate suji-kabutoEdo period (1615-1868), 17th/18th century
Munemitsu (active 17th/18th century)
A very rare 104 plate suji-kabuto
Edo period (1615-1868), 17th/18th century

The fine russet-iron bowl constructed of 104 undulating plates riveted together, the bowl fitted with a four-stage gilt-copper tehen kanamono, signed on the interior of the bowl Munemitsu; the five-lame shikoro laced in green, purple, white and blue and terminating in fukigaeshi mounted with printed leather and katabami family crests and trimmed in fukurin, the gold-lacquer maedate formed as a long-horned demon

Footnotes

  • Only 52 plates are visible on the inside of this helmet, making it likely that each of the 52 sections is composed of two plates riveted together to form one, resulting in a total of 104 plates on the outside. The feat of matching size and proportion using regular straight plates is difficult enough in itself but to accomplish this task using plates with an undulating profile would have required a still higher order of technical mastery. Most helmets of over 100 plates are either not signed or date from a much later period than this piece. This helmet is boldly signed by Munemitsu on the central back plate on the inside, illustrating the smith's pride in his work. This helmet retains its original shikoro, making it still rarer.
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