This armor was donated to the Kurama Temple, near Kyoto, by one of the Ashikaga shoguns. During the late Edo period, it passed into the possession of Sakai, daimyo (lord) of Wakasa, then military governor of Kyoto. Sakai had the armor refurbished and its silk lacings replaced with leather ones in the syle of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The oldest part of the armor, the helmet bowl, dates from the late Kamakura period (early fourteenth century).
Ex coll.: Ashikaga family; Kurama Temple, near Kyoto; Baron Sakai, Wakasa; Professor Kawasaki Chitora; Yasunosuke Seki.
Burke, Sir Henry Farnham, Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł, Thomas E. Waggaman, Eugen, Archduke, Sir Guy Francis Laking, Charles A. de Cosson, Earl of Loudoun, and Yasunosuke Seki. collection sale. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1931. no. 2.
Artist: Helmet bowl signed Saotome Iyetada (Japanese, Edo period, active early–mid-19th century)Date: 16th and 18th centuriesMedium: Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copperAccession: 14.100.172On view in:Gallery 377