An armor with a Daikoku nari kabuto Edo period, 19th century

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Lot 6120
An armor with a Daikoku nari kabuto
Edo period, 19th century

Sold for US$ 12,200 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

14 Sep 2010, 13:00 EDT

New York

An armor with a Daikoku nari kabuto
Edo period, 19th century
Lacquered black and laced in blue, with the lowest lame of each component and the highlights lacquered red and finished in a "fabric" surface texture and comprising a Daikoku nari kabuto, the peak embossed with eyebrows, the two-lame shikoro terminating in fukigaeshi applied with stenciled doe skin, the helmet fitted with an additional three-section chain mail neck guard; the menpo forged with a removable nose plate and applied with horse hair mustache and chin tuft and fitted with a five-lame yodarekake; the yokohagi okegawa ni mai do with sugake lacing in mogami style with the muna ita, waki ita, watagami and oshitsuke no ita all finished in red lacquer, the do fitted with seven sections of five-lame kusazuri pierced with inoshishi me on the lowest lame; chu sode; oda gote with chain mail backed by fabric; Etchu haidate; shino suneate; wood storage box; armor stand

Footnotes

  • The helmet with this armor is designed as a cap known as a Daikoku boshi. Daikoku boshi, a flat-topped cloth cap with four corners and a circular peak, took its name from the cap worn by Daikoku, one of the Seven Lucky Gods.
    Kawari kabuto (eccentrically shaped helmets) in the form of Daikoku boshi are uncommon. The most famous example is part of an armor that is said to have belonged to Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), now in the collection of the Tokugawa Foundation.
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