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 plates with smoked leather thongs
With cuirass in nuinobe-nimaido style
Edo period, 17th century
Owned by Ii Naotaka (1590-1659), 2nd lord of the Hikone domain
Gift of Ii Family

The do is an example of a Nuinobe-do, made by joining broad strips of iron plates into tiered layers.Smoked leather is employed to create a mottled pattern while sparsely joining the plates, which are joined closer together toward the bottom. This style was adopted by Naotaka, 2nd head of Ii family and subsequent heirs.

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