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Daimyo Samurai Suit
Daimyo Samurai Suit

17th Century

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Daimyo Antler Samurai Suit
Daimyo Antler Samurai Suit

Tetsu Sabiji Nuri Eboshi Kabuto Kuro Nuri Go Mai Dou Gosuku

"Museum Item"

Age: Edo period.

Remarks: Uniquely styled and rare this suit features characteristics we have never seen before. All matched and original. The suit was formerly displayed at the Arashiyama Museum in Japan.

Historical: The suit belonged to a Karo (jodai) Ando from the Tokugawa family in Kishu (Present day Wakayama). He was the number one highest ranking Samurai to the Kishu Tokugawa at the time. The Tokugawa family had three main branches: Mito (Ibaraki), Owari (Aichi) and Kishu (Wakayama). Wakayama City flourished as the centre of the Kishu Tokugawa domain which, at its height, produced 555,000 goku of rice. Wakayama castle was the place of residence for the family. The Kabuto bears an inscription of "Hachiman Dai Bozatsu" (the god of war).

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Daimyo Red Samurai Armor
Daimyo Red Samurai Armor

Shu Urushi Nuri Hon Kozane Ito Odoshi Nimai Dou Gosoku.

Age: Momoyama-Early Edo period.

Remarks:Purchased from a private collection in Japan.

Occasionally armor that we offer defies description. This is one of the most famous Red Armors in the world. We hope that the photos will help to give you a small sense of the wonder of this stunning suit. Of course there will be more details coming soon. For now...enjoy!

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Daimyo Date Munetada Shunzan Samurai Armor
Daimyo Date Munetada Shunzan Samurai Armor

Age: Edo period.

Remarks: A beautiful example of Daimyo armor. This original suit was owned by the Date family and belonged to one of the last Date Daimyo. Having been on exhibition in the Date Museum in Japan this represents a unqiue opportunity to own an important piece of Japanese history.

History: The Date clan was a lineage of Daimyo who controlled northern Japan in the late 16th century and into the Edo Period. Their most famous member was Date Masamune, who established the family's power by avenging his father's death and through support of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Rare Monks Torso Samurai Suit
Rare Monks Torso Samurai Suit

Age: Edo period.

Remarks:This suit represents one of the rarest styles of Samurai Armor crafted during the Edo Period. This type of suit is named after the Nio Guardian figures in japanese temples. There were a number of meanings behind this style. One being it's close association with buddhism. The dou is embossed to resemble the emaciated torso of a starving monk or old man. These are also called "gakihara dou", after the starving ghosts of buddhist hell.To many opponents the sight of bare flesh and exposed ribs was very unsightly indeed.

Currently another example of this type of suit is housed in the Tokyo National Museum. More details coming soon. For now...enjoy!

The nio do or abara do ("rib-bone cuirass") laced entirely in blue, green, orange, purple and white, the do, mabi-sashi and face mask all lacquered "flesh-color" and the remaining components lacquered gold, the suit comprising; a uege kabuto, a simple three-plate iron helmet applied over the entire bowl with boar's fur with a tall peak embossed with eyebrows, the helmet fitted with a five-lame neck guard terminating in small fuki-gaeshi, the front of the helmet mounted with a Buddhist ken and gold-lacquer demon mae-date; the face-mask forged with deep wrinkles and a hinged nose piece and applied with boar-bristle moustache and chin tuft, the teeth lacquered silver, the mask fitted with a four-lame throat guard; the ni-mai Hotoke do made of two iron sheets worked to resemble the naked torso of an emaciated man, the top edge of the muna-ita and waki-ita finished in fukurin and the toggles of the straps carved with scrolling vines, the lower section of the cuirass with rows of kozane, fitted with seven sections of five-lame tassets; chu-sode, shino-gote, kawara-haidate and shino-suneate; flag mount on the rear of the curiass; one storage box, no armor stand

Provenance Nakamura Kensaku, Kanagawa

Exhibited Tomo History Museum, Ota City, "Igyo no yosooi" (Strange costume), 2002.4.27--6.9

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Naito Samurai Suit
Naito Samurai Suit

Age: Edo period.

Remarks: The suit belonged to a Daimyo from Nobeoka (known as Kazusa province in the Edo period) in Kyushu. He had a 70,000 goku fiefdom. He lived during the Kansei era - 1789 - 1801. The Naito Han ruled Nobeoka for 123 years until the Meiji Restoration era.

The suit bears all the lavish trappings of a suit from the wealthy southern island. During the Edo period, the Naito family feudal lords were among the most trusted retainers of the Tokugawa Shoguns. Their residence in Edo (under the Sankin Kotai system) was a 150 acre estate which is now known as Shinjuku Gyoen. In 1871, after the Meiji Restoration, the family gave the grounds to the government, which -- not quite ready yet to have such gems at the disposal of ordinary people, made it an imperial property.

The suit itself is adorned with gold. The inside of the dou, kote, suneate, haidate, shikoro underside, etc. are all covered with gold. The wysteria crests are to be found all over the suit including the cloth. The kabuto is so-fukurin, so higaki with an amazing tehen and shinodare.

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Rare Ray Skin Samurai Suit
Rare Ray Skin Samurai Suit

Age: Edo period.

Remarks: Almost covered entirely in rayskin or sharkskin this suit represents the only one of it's kind known to exist. Purchased from a private collection in Japan. More details coming soon. For now...enjoy!

Historical: Coming soon.

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Red Samurai Suit
Red Samurai Suit

Age: Edo period. (18th century)

Remarks: This suit is attributed to a member of the Ii Daimyo Clan "RED DEVILS". The writing on the suit translates to mean "All things are possible".


Historical: The Ii Clan were originally from Totomi Province and claimed descent from Fujiwara Yoshikado (circa 850). During the early Sengoku Period they fought with the Imagawa Clan. Ii Naomasa the most famous of the Daimyo of this Clan fought in the Sekigahara War. He was noted for dressing his men in red armor, and his contingent was often known as Ii's 'Red Devils' for its fighting spirit (Ii himself was sometimes called 'Akaoni', or Red Devil/ogre). This is said to have been adopted after the Tokugawa took over the Takeda lands and Ieyasu inquired into the tactics Takeda Shingen had employed on the battlefield - which included allowing Yamagata Masakage to dress his men in red for psychological effect. Naomasa was considered one of Ieyasu's great captains and was highly regarded by his master.

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Samurai Suit
Samurai Suit

Tetsu Kuro Shiki Nuri Yoku Hiki Roku Mai Dou Gusoku

Age: Early-Mid Edo period.

Remarks: This original gusoku was formally judged and certified by the Nihon Katchu Bugu Kenkyu Hozan Kai Armour Society in Japan. The official documents are included. Fukurin and matched maedate feature "inome' or the 'heart of the Buddha'. Fukigaeshi feature a 12 petal stylized flower which is repeated on the gyoyo. A completely matched set of armor with leather sections and fabric matching throughout.

Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho certified armor which is one grade below Jyuyo Bunka Shiryo, the highest non-government grading.


History: This suit features a crest of the Sugaya Clan. One of the most famous Samurai of that family name was Sugaya Nagayori, 1555-1582. Oda Nobunaga hired him as a personal valet when he was a kid, then he grew up to be an administrative officer and retainer for the Oda Clan. Sugaya happened to be with Oda Nobutada in his last journey to Kyoto in June 1582 -- so Sugaya, like the band of body guards that Nobutada took with him, died fighting against Akechi soldiers at Nijo Palace.

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Dragon Samurai Suit
Dragon Samurai Suit

17th Century

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Samurai Suit with a Go-Mai Do
Samurai Suit with a Go-Mai Do

Edo period (18th-19th century)

Comprising a thirty-two plate russet-iron suji kabuto of dome shape mounted with four-stage mixed metal tehen kanamono, the mabisashi and fukigaeshi applied with stenciled doe skin and fitted with a gilt-copper tonbo jiri carved with floral scrolls and attached with a cherry floret boss and a gilt-copper disc maedate carved with a plum crest, the bowl fitted with a four-lame shikoro the bottom two lames terminating at different intervals and the top lame turning back to wide fukigaeshi applied with copper crests of the Hanabusa clan; russet-iron menpo applied with a white mustache of boar's fur and fitted with a four-lame yodarekake; the go-mai do a hybrid of honkozane scales laced in keibiki hodoshi at the top and a black-lacquer Hotoke do at the bottom, the munaita decorated with stenciled doe skin, the reverse with a holder for sashimono consisting of six independent red flags, fitted with four sections of broad five-lame honkozane kusazari, the lowest lame split into two sections; osode with stenciled doe skin on the kanmuriita; shinogote with cherry blossom plates on the elbows; kawara haidate; shino suneate; one wood storage box

NOTES

Provenance: Hanabusa Family, by repute

Following the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Takamatsu Castle came under the control of the Hanabusa clan. In recognition of their participation, Tokugawa Ieyasu rewarded the Hanabusa clan with land and elevated status, after which they became among the most trusted of the Tokugawa retainers.