Dangae-Dou Tousei Gusoku Samurai Armor

Dangae-Dou Tousei Gusoku Samurai Armor

A type of samurai armor, Tousei Gusoku means literally “Modern Armour”, and by modern, it meant from the Muromachi period (1337 ~1573) when armour was no longer made with small plates of laced lamella called kozane, but larger plates of steel. Most tousei gusoku were nimai-dou, being two shell-like pieces hinged at the left and tied shut on the right.

Dangae Dou means “Two Tiered Body”. Basically, the lower part is an Okegawa Dou, or “barrel type”, made of 5 horizontal steel strips riveted together before being lacquered as one piece, while the three horizontal plates making the upper chest area are separately lacquered and laced together with cotton, silk or leather braids in close-knit Kebiki odoshi style.

Dangae Dou Tousei Gusoku

This below is an early Edo period (1603~1868) Dangae-Dou Tousei Gusoku, with 7 sets of 5 plate Nerikawa Kusazuri (skirt plates of lacquered raw leather) and Kusari Haidate (Chain mail thigh protectors). The Kote (sleeves) are also of mostly chain mail interspersed with metal plates and outer edged with deerskin. The wrist areas feature gourd shaped plates. This type of Kote is called Oda-Gote. The helmet is a sturdy Zunari Kabuto with 5 Shokoro (neck guard) rings.

Dangae Dou Tousei Gusoku

Dangae Dou Tousei Gusoku

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