Hanwei's Dragon Armour, named for the helmet crest (mon), is made for the conoisseur 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 the Samurai armour is discernible in the slight media 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 or armour than the typical Euorpean one-piece breastplate construction. The carrying chest / display seat (hitsu) is black laquered with the Dragon mon emblazoned in silver on the front panel. Overall, the antiqued patina of gusoku gives a period appearance and provides a rich addition to any Japanese decor.
Height: 69" Width: 18" Depth: 15 3/4" Weight: 65 lbs