Antique Late Edo Period Haraate for Samurai Armor with Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo Cetificate (A-11)
Period: late Edo Period
appraised by The Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor
This item is the Hara-Ate (腹当). It is a form of Japanese Yoroi (鎧) armor and has a simplified structure compared to the Haramaki (腹巻) and Doumaru (胴丸). The Haraate was used from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) to the Muromachi period (1336-1573). This gear protects the front of a body and the side of a stomach. It is easy to wear and take off, but on the other side to that is, its defense power is low. According to a theory, the part that protects a torso extended to the back and developed into the Haramaki. It is said that low-ranked Samurais principally wore Haraates in the Kamakura period. And in the late Muromachi period, it was widely spread. Due to its lightweight, high-ranked Samurais or priests wore Haraates under their clothes in self-defense. In the Edo period, the Hukko Chou (復古調, retro-style trend) emerged, and there was a trend to reproduce armors with style established by the Kamakura period. We believe this Haraate is one of them.
The Kusazuri (草摺, a skirt of plates attached to a cuirass) parts are tied with navy blue threads. Five plates are connected to the cuirass.
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Certification: Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo Certificate (No. 1875)
The certificate was issued by The Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor, which is the most trusted Japanese armor appraiser in Japan. Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo means an especially precious cultural article. It is ranked as the third highest of five rankings.
This Haraate was authenticated on May 30th 2021 as Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo and the paper mentions the armor was made in the late Edo period.
An English translation of the certificate is available on request. We won’t charge any additional fee.
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