The warrior’s armor and helmet, samurai sword, spears, banners and paper carps (later cloth) in the sky are all tools used to showcase boy’s day in Japan. This tradition
started early Edo period (1603-1868) by samurai families wishing their son’s good health and studies to be honorable samurai.
This set is made in Kyoto, Japan and is called “Kyo-armor”. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for over 1000 years. The culture there was developed to serve the best for the emperor, his families and aristocrats. Kyo-armors, different from Edo armors which are developed in samurai society, use Nishijin silk textile, silk braids and genuine gold everywhere. The set we have here is high quality. The metal pieces are gold plated and fabrics are genuine Nishijin silk brocade. Hand braided with silk cord, Kozane (fish scale like gold pieces) are light weight and covered with gold front and back - Amazing workmanship!
Measurements: 32” total height (floor to tips of horns). The legs on the lacquer box are opening wider at the bottom - 18 ½” wide x 14 ½” deep. Top of the box are smaller - 16” wide x 12” deep.
It weigh 14 1/2 pounds by itself. Total weigh is appro. 18 to 19 pounds in shipping box.
Condition: 6 legs on the lacquer box are held with 2 long nails to the box and each leg can fell off easily at the time of assembling. One area on belt where brocade is torn can be hidden by turning it toward inside. one scratched area on top of the lacquer box is actually larger than shown in the photo (photo #6). We made the mistake of placing two horn like metal pieces on helmet on wrong side - just switch the sides.