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Armor (Gusoku)

Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Iron, lacquer, gold, silver, copper alloy, leather, silk
Dimensions:
as mounted: H. 54 1/2 in. (138.4 cm); W. 33 in. (83.8 cm); D. 21 in. (53.3 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.4.65a–p
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377
The helmet crest (maidate) has a gilt-copper moon flanked by rising silver waves. The shoulder guards (sode) are decorated in gold lacquer with the image of a rabbit springing from seafoam, possibly a reference to Chikubushima, a popular Noh play.
Ex coll.: Bashford Dean, New York.
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