Armor (Gusoku) for a Mounted Samurai with Accessories


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 Chōshū, 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.

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