A good quality Japanese hon kozane ni mai do (true-scale two section cuirass)
A good quality Japanese hon kozane ni mai do (true-scale two section cuirass) with a vertical hinge to the left side. Red-brown coloured lacquered with blue silk kebiki lacing. Gilt copper fittings of good quality secured by silver rivets, incorporating a Mokko mon. The top edges and shoulders are covered with decorated doe skin, and the inside is lined with gold lacquered leather. Inside the front central gessan is fitted a fabric pouch (hanagami fukuro) and on the back are two metal fittings for a flag holder (gattari) Mounted on a modern wooden display stand.
Provenance: be repute this armour was de-accessioned by a Californian Museum following an earthquake. The inside still bears a collection number. Note: the mon was used by 2 Daimyo of the Oda family Kashiwabara in Tanba and Yagimoto in Yamato, and by Daimyo Tatebayashi in Yamato of the Akimoto family. The do is preserved in un-cleaned condition