Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Armor (Gusoku) for a Mounted Samurai with Accessories

18th–19th century
Iron, lacquer, silk, copper, gold, steel
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
man’s armor: Gift of Dr. George M. Lefferts, 1910; horse trappings: Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914; helmet crest, foot defenses, horse bit, saddle, and sword: Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935; scabbard cover: Gift of Harald de Raasloff, 1915; dagger: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
10.187.10; 14.100.544; 36.25.460...
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
This armor was intended for a high-ranking officer in the service of the Mōri family, daimyo (lords) of Chōsū , whose badge is incorporated into the armor’s gilt metal fittings. The figure wears a tachi (slung sword); its scabbard is covered with leopard skin, a fashion that looks back to the fourteenth century. The horse is mounted with a lacquered saddle and silver-inlaid stirrups, an iron bit signed by Myōchin Sadahisa, and a rare set of ceremonial braids that covers the horse’s flanks.
New York. Union League Club. "An Exhibition of Japanese Armor from the Collection of George Morewood Lefferts, M.D.," January 12–January 14, 1893 (only 10.187.10p-q were included in exhibition).

Louisville, Ky. J. B. Speed Art Museum. "A Loan Exhibition of Equestrian Equipment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 4–July 3, 1955, no. 41; no. 62 no. 41: 36.25.553 no. 62: 36.25.571a.

Binghamton. Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences. "Long Term Loan," October 1962–July 1986 (only 10.187.10p-q were included in exhibition).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Asian Art," April, 1987–November, 1989 (only 10.187.10p-q were included in exhibition).

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