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, 17th century
Owned by Ii Naosumi (1625-1676), 3rd lord of the Hikone domain
Gift of Ii Family

The top of the helmet sports a kara-no-kashira, an ornament made from bunches of yak hair. Although each successive head of Ii family owned a kara-no-kashira, this is the only extant example that retains the original hardware for fixing it to the helmet.

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