Yoroi - The World's First and Only Authenticated
to renowned UK museum. Further announcements pending.
unique set will feature in a 15 minute slot for
an NHK ( Nippon Hoso Kyokai -
Japanaese Broadcasting Corporation ) TV interview
on May 13th.
from Dr. Yoshihiko
Sasama's hand written Kanteisho authentication
is proud to have located and identified the first
set of Japanese dog armour ever to have been found.
This amazing and unique historical item represents
one of the few new discoveries of authentic samurai
warrior related equipment and regalia to have
surfaced for several decades.
armour has just recently received its official
kanteisho and authentication documents, including
a hand written report and cover letter directly
from Dr. Yoshihiko
Sasama, the renowned international
authority and scholar on Japanese armour, and
President of the Nihon Kacchu Bugu Kenkyu Hozan
Kenkyu Kai (Society For the Preservation of the
Study of Japanese Arms and Armour) here in Japan.
Sasama was thrilled to view this item, and has
confirmed that at the present time it is again
the world's first, and only known and without
a doubt authentic example of such an item of bugu.
one reliable historical document referring to
a samurai taking a dog with him into battle is
also known to exist, and is found in Volume 21
of the Gasen by Taiheiki, which refers to a warrior
named "Hata Roku Ryouzae-mon Tokiyoshi"
who kept his dog named, "Inu-jishi",
literally the "Dog Lion" with him during
almost certainly other warriors over the centuries
may have done likewise, the ancient documents
referring to Tokiyoshi and Inu-jishi are the only
historically reliable references referring to
such an occurrence.
particular armour clearly dates from the mid to
later part of the Edo Era, and was almost certainly
made for the pet dog of an extremely high ranking
samurai, possibly even a daimyou, as few other
person could have afforded such a novelty item
for their pet, or could have been well placed
enough to have allowed a dog to join him in such
a manor on the field, even if only on exercise
formal public announcement and newspaper interview
are pending along with further studies of this
have enclosed below our original and un-altered
item description from when we first presented
this piece last month on our homepage to show
that we can stand by our historical appraisals
and evaluations, a point of which we are proud
historical appraisal in the case of this item
was 100% spot on, as is confirmed by the kanteisho
received from Dr. Sasama. If perhaps anything
our estimate and opinions were as always slightly
more conservative than most, with ourselves stating
this piece to be late Edo, though Dr. Sasama was
willing to suggest it was perhaps even older that
we had been willing to credit the item with.
will however continue to stand by our policy of
bumping the age estimates of items forward, rather
than back, without substantial evidence to confirm
the later, in order to assure our customers of
the most reliable and accurate historical appraisals
Updates to Original Listing: