This armor was donated to the Kurama Temple, near Kyoto, by one of the Ashikaga shoguns. During the late Edo period, it passed into the possession of Sakai, daimyo (lord) of Wakasa, then military governor of Kyoto. Sakai had the armor refurbished and its silk lacings replaced with leather ones in the syle of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The oldest part of the armor, the helmet bowl, dates from the late Kamakura period (early fourteenth century).
Ex coll.: Ashikaga family; Kurama Temple, near Kyoto; Baron Sakai, Wakasa; Professor Kawasaki Chitora; Yasunosuke Seki.
Kansas City. Nelson Gallery of Art and Atkins Museum. "Japanese Art of the Edo Period, 1615–1867," March 16–April 21, 1958, no. 133.
St. Louis. City Art Museum. "Japanese Art of the Edo Period, 1615–1867," May 13–June 30, 1958, no. 133.
Christie, Manson & Woods. Choice Collection of Arms and Armour. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, May 5, 1931. no. 2.
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Mutual Influence of Costume and Armor: A Study of Specimens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Studies 3, no. 2 (June 1931).
Artist: Helmet bowl signed Saotome Iyetada (Japanese, Edo period, active early–mid-19th century)Date: 16th and 18th centuriesMedium: Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copperAccession: 14.100.172On view in:Gallery 377