Hanwei's Dragon Armour, named for the helmet crest (mon), is made for
the connoisseur of Japanese armours. It faithfully replicates a "Byotoji
Do Gusoku" from the Edo period which, like many fine armours,
incorporates an earlier helmet bowl from the Momoyama period. European
influence on Samurai armour is discernible in the slight median ridge to
the front section of the byotoji okegawa do (breastplate) which, by
this period, was designed to deflect musket balls. The plates of the do,
with waved edges, are fastened with elaborate shakudo rivets in the
form of flowers with gilt centers. This feature illustrates the Japanese
preference for a more flexible style of armour than the typical
European one-piece breastplate construction. The carrying chest/display
seat (hitsu) is black lacquered with the Dragon mon emblazoned in silver
on the front panel. Overall, the antiqued patina of the gusoku gives a
period appearance and provides a rich addition to any Japanese décor.
Dragon Japanese Armor
- Fully wearable
- Authentically constructed
- Magnificently detailed
Specs will vary slightly
from piece to piece.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 17 September, 2014.