■ armor・helmet: cowhide
■ thread: pure silk
■ crest: brass plating
■ head: antimony
”Armor of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1/4 scale)”
Armorsmith Suzukine-Yuzan has reproduced, at 1/4 scale, the full armor of the Sengoku warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Tokugawa Ieyasu was the first shogun of the Tokugawa rule which lasted 260 years. He was the last Shogun of the Sengoku area, and ushered in Edo Era with the unification of Japan. This armor, named: “iyozane kuroitoodoshi doumaru gusoku” (light weight black threaded chest armor), was considered Ieyasu’s most lucky and valuable armor. The real armor is presently located at the Kunouzan Toushougu museum in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
This particular armor is more commonly known as: shida gusoku (fern armor), due to the unique design of the horn in the shape of a fern (shida). Ieyasu himself designed this armor from a dream he had, where he met one of the 7 god’s of fortune: Daikokuten. After donning it he gained victory in numerous battles, resulting in his affection for the armor. Shida gusoku was also worn during the battle of Sekigahara, which is the battle known to have ended the Sengoku period. As mentioned previously, the front of the helmet depicts a fern, a Japanese symbol of a long life, strong family lineage, and a happy marriage. This was added at Ieyasu’s request.
This armor is faithfully recreated on a 1/4 scale.
The helmet has the same exact shape recreated as the original design (daigoku zukin - Daikokuten’s hood).
The helmet attached neck-guard (shikoro) is double layered, resulting in a stronger protection for the wearer, and maintaining the original design.
The armor itself is formed from a series of plates created out of real cow skin (referred to as kozane).
Suzukine-Yuzan’s armor is all handmade. Even though different materials may be used from their original counterparts, each piece is created separately and brought together to mimic the real armor’s design and feeling.
For those who adore Japanese history, culture, or just armor, this piece will make a fine addition to your collection.