What is Buddha Armor (Hotoke Dou) of Samurai Armor
Buddha Armor (Hotoke Dou) This is a type of cuirass (Do) in Tosei Gusoku (Tousei Gusoku). It is made by joining long, narrow plates horizontally to create a ‘Horizontal Join Armor’ (Yokohagidou), or vertically to create a ‘Vertical Join Armor’ (Tatehagidou), and then filling the seams with lacquer to smooth the surface. Alternatively, it can be made from a single plate of iron or leather. It is named ‘Buddha Armor’ because the smooth surface, with no visible seams, resembles the chest of a Buddha statue.
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