Armor (Gusoku)

Helmet bowl signed Saotome Ietada Japanese
Breastplate inscribed inside, Myōchin Munesuke Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377

This example comes from the armory of Date Yoshimura (1703–1746), daimyo (lord) of Sendai. The helmet bowl, signed Saotome Iye[tada?], dates from the sixteenth century; the remainder of the armor was constructed in the eighteenth century. The breastplate is inscribed inside with the armorer's name, Myōchin Munesuke (1688–1735). The embossed ornament on the solid iron plates is characteristic of the Myōchin school.

Armor (<i>Gusoku</i>), Helmet bowl signed Saotome Ietada (Japanese, Edo period, active early–mid-19th century), Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copper, Japanese

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