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Japanese Edo Period Suit of Samurai Armor with Dragonfly meadate

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1318939
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Tombo Eboshi-Nari Okegawa Do Gushoku, a rare and wonderful Japanese antique suit of armor: Eboshi helmet (represents one who has attained manhood distinguished by an Original dragonfly (tombo meadate) carved of wood and lacquered gold. It is original to the suit of armor and it represents perseverance and transformation. The half mask or monkey form (saru bo) covers only the jaw portion of the face. The armor of an archer would have such a mask as he would have operated further back in the battle and would have needed to have his eyesight unobstructed. There is also a woven bow string ring which hangs from the hip for quick access to replacement bow string. The rest of the suit consists of armored sleeves (kote), thigh guard apron (haidate) and leg coverings (suneate). The chest and back plates of the armor are decorated with a dark red lacquer and meant imitate rust. The suit comes with a black lacquered hinoki (Japanese cypress wood) box for storage and carrying. Edo Period circa mid 1700's.