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Samurai Armor Yoroi Kabuto display for Japanese Boys Day

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1940: Item # 1275377
Asian Art By Kyoko
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This is a samurai armor set (yoroi and helmet) for Boy’s Day in Japan. By displaying a set like this, the parents hope to inspire boys in their manliness, bravery, discipline and the honor codes that come with it.

Here on the lids, it is written the name of the owner and the occasion. It is to celebrate his first Sekku in the fourteenth year of Showa period (1939). On the reverse side of the lids, there are labels of Tanimoto Yousuke, the doll maker. The store, Tanimoto Yousuke was established in the mid 1800s in Osaka and sold high quality items. They were not limited to the Boy’s Day armors but different kinds of dolls, hina doll houses, etc. The quality is equivalent to the top Kyoto doll makers. Osaka is the second largest city in Japan. Tanimoto Yousuke’s store was completely burnt down when Osaka was raided towards the end of the WWII in March, 1945. It was the same thing with all other major cities except Kyoto. Among the things forgotten after WWII, was that Osaka, located next to old capital Kyoto and Kobe, had a lively area filled with major doll makers from the Edo to early Showa era.


This is not a large set. It is roughly 23 1/2” high (from bottom to helmet tip) when the armor is set up on the black lacquer box.


Outer wood box: 17 3/4” x 14” x 12 1/2” high

Black lacquer box: 16” x 12” x 11 1/4” high

13 pounds (add 3-4 more pounds for final shipping weight)


26 1/2” x 12 1/2" x 8 1/4” high

Bow is 25” high (in stand), Sword 20 1/4” high (in stand).

Weight: 9 pounds – add 3-4 more pounds after packing.

2 ceramic sake wine/flower jars are not included, considering the damage to the armor once it breaks.