A very unusual and rare mid Edo period iron Duo. Full wrap around breast and back plate with hinged shoulders plates. Detail of an incredibly fierce and deleted dragon wrapped around and suspended around swirling clouds.
In japan, the dragon represent wisdom, strength, force for good, wind, water and of coarse wealth. Dragons are destructive forces, but they are also considered guardians.
The collar of the undergarment is hand sewn silk embroidered with gold threads.
In the 16th century Japan began trading with Europe during what would become known as the Nanban trade. From early all angles, his piece very much looks like it a high ranking Roman soldiers armor.
This piece Would have only been worn by a Lord, the Highest ranking Samurai. Exceptional condition and stunning original patina.
Mounted on a custom hand forged antiqued bronze mount.
Date: Edo Period – 18th Century
Dimensions: 27″ tall X 14″ wide X 11″ wide