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IMPORTANT SAMURAI ARMOR
the mempo signed Munetsuna (Myochin Munetsuna) | signed below the chin | with the original box
P R O V E N A N C E:
an East Coast Private Collection;
Christie’s New York, Rockefeller Plaza, Sale 5834, Important Japanese Armor, March 20, 1985, lot no. 29;
a Private Massachusetts Collection.
IMPORTANT SAMURAI ARMOR, FINE TATAMI-DO-NO-GUSOKU, complete set, Comprising of a fine “kabuto” with russet-iron “o-boshi-hosibachi” formed from sixteen plates, six without “hoshi” but inscribed with invocations to various deities, including Kasuga Daimyojin and Hachiman Daibosatsu, with spring attached “ukebari“, gilt “kuwagata” and “kuwagata-dai”, engraved “fukurin” to the buckskin-covered “fukigaeshi” and russet-iron rabbit “maedate,” the ears lacquered red, the helmet unsigned; with russet-iron “mempo” with large hinged “yodare-kake:, signed below the chin; the folding “do” formed from rectangular russet-iron plates linked with chain main, an “uchidashi” dragon in front; with “shinogote,” gold lacquered “ko-sode”, “kawara-haidate“, and “shino-suneate”, with box.