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Suit of armour

Suit of armour

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    c.1800 (made)
    1400-1500 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron and lacquered iron, gilded copper alloys, deerskin and silk

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of H.R. Robinson

  • Museum number:

    M.17-1965

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 2 []

Physical description

This style of armour was in use by the 12th century. Known as ō-yoroi (great armour), it incorporated many small plates of lacquered leather or iron laced together in rows. This provided the flexibility needed for fighting from horseback with sword or bow. The smooth covering of deerskin across the front prevented snagging of the bowstring. This suit of armour was re-assembled in the 19th century for ceremonial use, and a new helmet and shin guards were added. The crossed feather family crest (mon) is probably that of the Asano family.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

c.1800 (made)
1400-1500 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Iron and lacquered iron, gilded copper alloys, deerskin and silk

Descriptive line

This style of armour was in use by the 12th century. Known as ō-yoroi (great armour), it incorporated many small plates of lacquered leather or iron laced together in rows. This provided the flexibility needed for fighting from horseback with sword or bow. The smooth covering of deerskin across the front prevented snagging of the bowstring. This suit of armour was re-assembled in the 19th century for ceremonial use, and a new helmet and shin guards were added. The crossed feather family crest (mon) is probably that of the Asano family.

Collection

East Asia Collection

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