The Gōruden Hotoke Gusoku (Golden Buddha Belly Samurai Armor) is a suit handcrafted for a Daimyo. The hotoke dō was a popular style through the Momoyama and Edō Period (16th – 19th Century). The dō (chest armor) is handcrafted with a smooth finish so not to show the lames underneath. It is finished in a nimai-dō (front and back) style. The key feature is a hinge-pin under the left armor. This allows the armor to open and close around the warrior.
Hotoke refers to the roundness of the chest and references to the smooth, round belly of the Buddhist statues “Buddha Belly”. The Gōruden Hotoke Gusoku features copper trimmed plating along the edging of the carefully cut and curved armor plates, known as “fukurin“. The hachi kabuto features horse tail hair to show the vitality of the samurai warrior wearing the armor.
This a striking one of a kind style of samurai yoroi that the experienced katchû-shi (Japanese armor smith) here at Iron Mountain Armory will craft using traditional designs with the implementation of a few modern techniques and tools. Iron Mountain Armory offers the options to change the style of the kabuto (helmet), menpō (mask)and suneate (shins), as well as a few other options listed on this page. If you would like further customization options, please feel free to contact us.
Features: Gashira Class crafting. Full sized and fully functional. Variation of paint, high quality cotton odoshi colors and traditional features. Includes display box and stand. The skilled katchû-shi at the Iron Mountain Armory handcraft this product at the time of your order, so please allow 5 to 7 weeks for crafting of this item.
To see the class differences, please view Kachi Vs. Gashira.
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