A high-ranking samurai would have worn a jinbaori like this over his armor for protection against the elements and as a display of his status and his mon (family crest). The mon on the back of this example, three oak leaves within a circle, belongs to the Makino family, who were daimyo (feudal lords) of Tanabe (modern day Kyoto Prefecture). The elaborate lining, high quality of the materials and fine workmanship distinguish this example as one of the finest of its period.
[Art dealer, Kyoto, until 2006; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection: 2005–2006." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Fall 2006), p. 17.
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