The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 48653

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A suit of Edo period armor featuring a Kebiki Ni Mai Do Gusoku, a 2 piece hinged armor of 8 closely knit rows of scale plates. 7 rows of 5 kusazuri hang from the do. It has a 32 plate Suji Kabuto with a tehen Kanamono vent in the shape of a stylized chrysanthemum and prominent Fukigaeshi, with 5 Hineno Jikoro cascading down the back. The helmet has typical chipping to the edges of the lacquer. The bowl retains 90 percent of the original liner and sweatband with the original ties. There is a me no shita no ho mask with 4 lame yodarekake, lacquered inside with red, outside in black and featuring a thick horsehair mustache, again, typical chipping. It also features Osode with brass ornaments and backed with leather; shino gote, haidate and suneate, and comes with an armor box. The armor is laced with orange and white thread, which is all in quite good condition except for the top row on the front of the do. The do and mail were also lacquered in gold. In an unusual note, the armor is still in the hemp bags designed to protect it during storage, marked with the date Ansei ni nen (1855), meaning it was probably repaired or restored at that time.