Kakejiku (scroll) of Yoroi-samurai armor laced with red threads-akaitōdoshi yoroi. Helmet and large sleeves with chrysanthemum motif; also known as “kiku ichimonji no yoroikabuta”; nomination includes the helmet and a chest karabitsu. The chrysanthemum is the crest and symbol of the Japanese Imperial family, and as such, is one of the most elevated symbols in Japanese culture.
The yoroi is a prominent example of early Japanese armor worn by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The term ō-yoroi means "great armor”. The ō-yoroi was a rich man's armor and not used by lower ranking samurai. The armor was mainly worn by the higher ranking samurai on horseback.
Kakejiku is entirely hand-made, handpainted. Made of natural washi paper, silk, wood; painted with natural inks. It is finished with two dowels and hanging strings. The top section of the hanging scroll is called the "ten" heaven. The bottom is the "chi" earth with the "hashira" pillars supporting the heaven and earth on the sides.
Measurements: H: 74 inches (187 cm); W: 21 ¼ inches (54 cm).
Wooden box is included.
Condition: Excellent. Some foxing spots inherent with washi paper, silk and age. Sold "as found". Dated: approx. Mid Showa period. Provenance: Fukuoka city/Japan.
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