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Armor (Yoroi)

18th century
Iron, lacquer, leather, silk
as mounted: H. 58 1/2 in. (148.6 cm); W. 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm); D. 28 in. (71.1 cm)
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377
During the eighteenth century, there was a revival of interest in medieval Japanese culture. As the demand for historical styles of armor began to increase among the wealthy lords, contemporary armorers studied the older forms and techniques in order to duplicate them. This example imitates a yoroi of the twelfth to thirteenth century. It is characterized by a helmet with prominent rivet heads and a wide, flaring neck guard and by a large cuirass with a separate panel on the right side, large square shoulder guards, and a deep four-sided skirt.
Inscription: Stamped on the leather parts: Sixth month, first day, of the sixth year of Shohei [1351].
Ex coll.: Yamanaka, London; George Cameron Stone.[Yamanaka & Company, London, before November 18, 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Hakuseki, Arai, and H. Russell Robinson. The Armour Book in Honcho-Gunkiko, edited by H. Russell Robinson. London: Holland Press, 1964. opp. p. 32 and preceding p. 33, pls. V and VI, a, b, c, etc.

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