Suit of Armor in Gusoku Style

Suit of Armor in Gusoku Style
Cultural Asesets designated by the Hikone City government
Shiga Prefecture
Red-lacquered iron cuirass in hotoke-nimaido style
Momoyama period, 16th century
Owned by Ii Naomasa (1561-1602), 1st lord of the Hikone domain
Gift of Ii Family

Hotoke-do refers to a do finished to a smooth surface, a name deriving from its resemblance to the smooth chest of a sculpted Buddha. This example is characterized by the absence of a tentsuki, an antler-like ornament that customarily adorned helmets belonging to head of Ii family.

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