Tetsu Kuro-Urushinuri Hon-Kozane Kurokawa-Odoshi Nimai-Dō Gusoku
Kabuto: mei: Haruta Mitsusada (春田光定) plus kanji unreadable
Period: Early Edo
N.K.B.K.H.K. Kōshu Tokubetsu Kichō Shiryō Certification
With a wood-stand and armour box.
Exhibited in 2017 at Bonhams Auction in London.
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A nimai-dō armor of black-laquered iron and black leather laced hon-kozane lamellae. Its features are: the 16-plate shiinari sujibachi kabuto signed Haruta Mitsusada, black lacquered and mounted with a six-stage tehen kanamono, the black-lacquered mabisashi with gilt fukurin mounted with an ornate kuwagata-dai in gilt copper and shakudō, gilt kuwagata and sunburst maedate, the five-lame Hineno jikoro of kiritsuke kozane, the fukigaeshi of leather covered with mitsu kiku ni maru in gilt copper; the large russet-iron menpō with highly stylized wrinkles to the upper cheeks and gilt teeth; the yodarekake (throat guard) of iron kiritsuke kozane; kosode of leather kiritsuke kozane; russet-iron tsutsugote (sleeves); the nimai-dō (chest armor) of iron kozane decorated with copper cherry blossom mon (crests), on the front a shakudō saihai no kan, on the back an agemaki no kan and agemaki, detachable kusazuri of leather kiritsuke kozane; russet-iron kawara-haidate (thigh armor); iron tsutsu suneate (shin guards), the abumi zure extending full height the lower edges of the plates hinged with mail black-laquered overall and laced with dark blue kebiki-kawa-odoshi; with saihai (baton) mounted in shakudō with a paper tassel.
Haruta Mitsusada (春田光定) was a famous armorer of the mid-16th century, he was one of the leading masters of the Haruta school and his signed works are rare.
The Haruta (春田) school emerged in the Muromachi period (1336-1573) in Nara. With the beginning of Edo period, the armorers of the school had established offshoots in Kyōto, Edo, and in the larger fiefs all over the country. During the Muromachi period, they made Akoda Nari Kabuto (Pumpkin Shaped Samurai Helmet). These helmets were also diplomatic gifts, chosen to be armors of the highest quality, but in the Edo period they responded to what was from then on in fashion, namely excellently forged Suji Kabuto.