120 plate shiinari (acorn shape) suji-bachi kabuto (Saotome Iechika) hon kozane ni-mai dou gusoku, hon kozane o-sode, tsutsu-gote, tsutsu suneate, from the collection of treasures of the Kii Tokugawa family, established in the seventeenth century, an early Edo-period (1600-1868) gusoku of the highest quality for a daimyo.
This example comes from the armory of Date Yoshimura daimyo (lord) of Sendai. The helmet bowl, signed Saotome Iye[tada?], dates from the sixteenth century; the remainder of the armor was constructed in the eighteenth century
Edo Period Century) The original eight plate russet iron suji bachi overlaid at a later date with an iron dragon and clouds, the dragon’s head boldly modelled protrudes forward to form a fore crest, well mounted with.