Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3260: Suit of Japanese Armor with Display Stand

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Fine Suit of Japanese Armor with Display Stand

Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

Fine Suit of Japanese Armor with Display Stand

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 191
Class: Other

Constructed primarily from black lacquered metal plates assembled with blue cord, with blue/floral pattern backing material, and areas of "tatami" plate and chain protection at the elbows and upper arms and hexagonal plates around the neck. A set of brackets for a sashimono banner are present on the back, with traditional hanging guards for the shoulders and hips. The helmet is constructed with a smooth, eboshi-pattern crown, a six plate neck guard and two-piece visor, fitted with an ornament of a well-fed rabbit, and paired with a menpo-pattern lower faceguard. Both the helmet and breastplate have a matching golden floral mon motif. The set is assembled on a hardwood frame positioned on (but not directly connected to) a wood display stand. The consignor attributes the set to the Edo Period (1603-1867).

Rating Definition:

Very good. The breastplate shows notable chipping and flaking of the lacquer finish, exposing antique patinated steel. The rest of the set is also very good overall, with lighter wear/aging of the components.

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