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Armor (Tatami Gusoku)
Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copper
H. 63 in. (160.0 cm)
Armor for Man
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914
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.
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