Samurai Warrior Armor, Real Edo Period
Very rare armor of a Japanese warrior (o-yoroi), composed of dark brown leather parts, lacquered iron and string laces, in indigo blue (egawe) color. All the components are part of the same armor and carry the emblem of the three-petaled flower, the golden imperia in this armor certainly belonged to a member of a high-ranking clan.
Coming from Tokyo at an important collection of 300 armor of Samurai warriors.
The upper part of the helmet (kabuto) is crowned by a large brass application (maedate), in the shape of stylized petals (gawagata). The armor also includes: a six-piece shoulder protection (firm), brocade arm protectors and full-length iron-arm reinforcements and two leg protectors (sunedte).
The armor (domaru) is composed of several pieces in horizontal in brown leather, the latter assembled and nailed to form a sturdy protection for the pelvis, the bottom of the domaru, ending with vertical indigo blue ropes.
Continuing below, we find the protection of the legs and the hip (haidate), richly composed of brocade and iron cords. The armor is kept inside its original trunk (yoroibako) essentially made with dried vegetable leaves, with the cover attached.
The conditions of the armor are excellent considering the historical period of belonging.
Real-Edo period, 18th century
Height 150 cm
The o-yoroi type armor was originally used by high-ranking warriors (bushi) here, in the Japanese Middle Ages and after the XVIIIth century fought as samurai archers and samurai knights.
The relative Certificate of origin and historical authenticity is issued, together with the 20 photos and the expert's signature on the subject.
Mr Sergio Schina
La Corte degli Ulivi Gallery - Italy