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Cuirass (Haramaki Dō)

Date:
late 15th–early 16th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Iron, leather, silk, rayskin, lacquer, copper, horn
Classification:
Armor Parts
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.221.17
  • Description

    Arms and Armor Department founding curator Bashford Dean's three-month trip to Japan in the spring of 1917 resulted in many important acquisitions for the Museum. Among them was this early example of a haramaki, a light, flexible, and close-fitting type of torso armor that opens vertically up the back. Initially developed in the fourteenth century for fighting on foot, the haramaki was adopted later by samurai cavalry. Although in fragile condition, this example is particularly notable for having most of its original silk lacing, which seldom survives on Japanese armor of this period. Dean acquired it from the dealer Matsumoto Tsuru in Tokyo.

  • Provenance

    Purchased in Japan in the spring of 1917 by Bashford Dean from the dealer Matsumoto Tsuru, Tokyo, Yasaemoncho 10, Kyobashiya, for 250 Yen.

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