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Nio dou gusoku, one of the rarest styles of samurai armor crafted during the Edo Period, named after the Nio Guardian figures in Japanese temples. There were a number of meanings behind this style. One being it's close association with buddhism. The dou is embossed to resemble the emaciated torso of a starving monk or old man. These are also called "gakihara dou", after the starving ghosts of buddhist hell, another example is housed in the Tokyo National Museum.

Nio dou gusoku, one of the rarest styles of samurai armor crafted during the Edo…

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Samurai Armor Quick Guide to all our armor, with prices and a brief description

Samurai Armor Quick Guide to all our armor, with prices and a brief description

Over 20 pieces of Japanese Samurai armour w/ classic Edo period light weight wood storage case & framed rare Samurai Sashimono banner flag. Samurai armour includes manchira gorget from the Edo period, a true gusoku

Over 20 pieces of Japanese Samurai armour w/ classic Edo period light weight wood storage case & framed rare Samurai Sashimono banner flag. Samurai armour includes manchira gorget from the Edo period, a true gusoku

A 17th century suit of Japanese armor fetched a record $602,500 at a Christie’s  auction in New York, Oct 2009. The successful bid for the Edo Period hon kozane ni-mai do gusoku marked a new world auction record for Japanese armor. The armor, estimated at $250,000 to $300,000, was sold to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

A 17th century suit of Japanese armor fetched a record $602,500 at a Christie’s auction in New York, Oct 2009. The successful bid for the Edo Period hon kozane ni-mai do gusoku marked a new world auction record for Japanese armor. The armor, estimated at $250,000 to $300,000, was sold to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Semaki Kabuto - Hime Yoroi (princess armour). Late Edo Period, 19th century The semaki armour, considered an extremely rare discovery of an unusual female armour, auctioned at Bonhams, Nov 6th 2012. Caused a bit of a stir and made news in a few papers. More details on the source link

Late Edo Period, century The semaki armour, considered an extremely rare discovery of an unusual female armour, auctioned at Bonhams, Nov

Blue Laced Rokumai Do Gusoku. Edo period (18th century). The Kabuto bowl of four heavy iron plates and lacquered black. A Rokumai do (six-piece cuirass) of yahazu-shaped lamellae applied with stenciled doeskin munaita.  Accompanied by a certificate of registration as Koshu tokubetsu kicho shiryo (Especially important armor object) no. 24 issued by the Nihon Katchu Bugu Kenkyu Hozon Kai (Japanese Armor Preservation Society)

Blue Laced Rokumai Do Gusoku. Edo period century) The Kabuto bowl of four heavy iron plates and lacquered black, mounted with maedate formed as a pair of inverted wings of gilt and lacquered wood. A Rokumai do (six-piece cuirass) of.

White-laced suit of armor with a hara-maki do. Edo period (18th century) Haramaki refers to any Japanese armour which is put on from the front and then fastened in the back with cords.

White-laced suit of armor with a hara-maki do. Edo period century) Haramaki refers to any Japanese armour which is put on from the front and then fastened in the back with cords.

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