Armor (Gusoku), Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copper, Japanese

Armor (Gusoku)

Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copper
Dimensions:
as mounted: H. 57 3/4 in. (146.7 cm); W. 31 in. (78.7 cm); D. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.118
Not on view
This cuirass and shoulder guards (sode) formed of large iron plates rather than traditional lamellae (small, narror iron plates) reveal European influence and the concurrent introduction of firearms, which necessitated solid, bulletproof plates.
Ex coll.: Bishop.