A very rare one-hundred-four plate suji kabuto By Munemitsu, Edo period (late 17th century)

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Lot 1030
A very rare one-hundred-four plate suji kabuto
By Munemitsu, Edo period (late 17th century)

US$ 20,000 - 25,000
£ 14,000 - 18,000

Arts of the Samurai

27 Oct 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

A very rare one-hundred-four plate suji kabuto
By Munemitsu, Edo period (late 17th century)
The fine russet-iron bowl constructed of one hundred-four 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

  • From the inside of this helmet only 52 plates are visible, so it is likely that each of the 52 sections are composed of two plates riveted together to form one, making a total of 104 on the outside. The feat of matching size and proportion with helmets of regular straight plates is exceptionally difficult. To accomplish this task however, using plates with an undulating profile would have required the absolute mastery of armor smithy.
    Most helmets of over 100 plates are either not signed, and are 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 even more rare.
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A very rare one-hundred-four plate suji kabuto By Munemitsu, Edo period (late 17th century)
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