Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Armor (Tatami Gusoku)

Date:
17th–18th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copper
Dimensions:
H. 63 in. (160.0 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914
Accession Number:
14.100.538a–k
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Armor of the “folding” (tatami) type could be contained in a small box and easily transported by one man. For this reason, it usually was intended for low-ranking infantrymen. However, the gold lacquer decoration and silk brocade lining of this example are unusual for armors of this type and suggest that it was used by a samurai serving the Date family of Sendai, from whose armory it comes.
Ex coll.: Date family armory, Sendai, Japan; [?]; Bashford Dean, New York.
New York. New York Cultural Center. "Grand Reserves," October 24–December 8, 1974.

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