Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Armored Vest (Manchira)

late 18th–early 19th century
Silk brocade, iron
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. George M. Lefferts, 1910
Accession Number:
Not on view
This vest-shaped manchira is lined around the neck with small iron plates sewn between the layers of fabric. Intended to be worn over an armor, it afforded the samurai added protection and warmth as well as a richer and more colorful appearance.
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