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Edo Period Samurai Suit
- This complete 18th-century samurai suit of armor is a fusion of beauty and power
- This suit features a helmet bearing the crest of the Aoki clan
- It also includes a breastplate, back plate, along with guards for the legs and neck
- The suit comes with its original box and a certificate of authenticity
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Before the Edo period, Japan had been having internal wars for over 1000 years. Once the Tokugawa shogunate unified the country and moved the capital to Edo (present-day Tokyo), internal warfare greatly decreased. Even in the relatively peaceful Edo Period, however, superior armors were crafted as many believed war would come again. This amazing suit of armor was crafted for an official of the Aoki clan by the eminent artisans of the Kaga Domain. The Kaga craftsmen were unparalleled in their armor-making expertise. Characteristic features such as gilded leather known as nerikawa, and intricate iron and copper embossed phoenix and wisteria embellishments serve as hallmarks of the exceptional craftsmanship for which the Kaga were so renowned.
The sixteen-plate iron helmet bears the signature of Kashu ju Munetaka saku, one of the top-tier prestigious armorers of the era. It is embellished with intricate file marks and gilded leather, likely imported from Holland. Given that the Edo period was characterized by Japan's self-imposed isolation, European materials were a rare luxury, accessible only to the most affluent individuals through trade with China.
The armor also comes with its original packing and carrying box and a certificate from the Japan Arms & Armour Research & Preservation Society confirming its authenticity and completeness.
54" high x 27" wide x 19" deep
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