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 blue silk lacing
With cuirass in nuinobe-nimaido style
Edo period, 18th century
Owned by Ii Naosada (1702-1760), 8th lord of the Hikone domain
Gift of Ii Family

One of the most richly decorated suits of armor owned by head of Ii family, this example has a pair of tentsuki attached to each side of the helmet, as well as an ornament representing iris leaves adorning the front, and bold foliage and flower motifs decorating the fabric of the kote.

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