A Saotome armor By Saotome Ietada, Edo period, circa 1690-1720

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Lot 3326
A Saotome armor
By Saotome Ietada, Edo period, circa 1690-1720

US$ 20,000 - 30,000
£ 15,000 - 22,000

Fine Japanese Works of Art

19 Mar 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

A Saotome armor
By Saotome Ietada, Edo period, circa 1690-1720
The do, helmet and menpo in russet iron, accentuated with matching-russet lacquer components laced in blue kiritsuke lacing, and comprising a sixty-two plate suji kabuto fitted with a five-stage tehen kanamono and a six-lame shikoro, the fukigaeshi with silvered family crests of the Maeda clan, the bowl signed [ ] shu ju Saotome Ietada, silvered dragon maedate; the menpo with a bristle mustache and gilt-iron teeth; the cuirass a ni-mai yokohagi okegawa do hinged at the top section and fitted with seven sections of five-lame kusazuri; o-sode; oda gote; kawara haidate; shino suneate; one storage box, no stand

Footnotes

  • Many works produced by Saotome Ietada are decorative daimyo armors with components outsourced to different craftsman; this armor is unique in that it was likely produced completely by Ietada himself or in the same Saotome workshop. The armor is simple in appearance and was likely made for actual use in battle rather than decoration. Some aspects of the armor that are unique to Saotome include the hinged upper front plate of the do, and extra moving components in places, and menpo in typical Saotome school form, with unusual gilt iron teeth rather than gilt copper. Over-sized shikoro with extra lames, over-sized throat guard, and large sode, are special order components that denote this armor as unique. The tehen kanamono is typical of helmets made by Saotome Ietada during from the late 17th-early 18th century. Fabric for the elements is matching and in original unrestored condition.
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