Armor (Nimaidō Gusoku)

Armor inscribed Myōchin Muneakira Japanese
Helmet inscribed Saotome Ietada Japanese
Helmet crest and restorations by Hiromichi Miura Japanese

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Armor embossed in high relief came into vogue in the eighteenth century, a period of peace and stability under Tokugawa rule. With less concern about battlefield functionality, armorers explored new decorative possibilities, including embossing, a technique that would have compromised the armor’s defensive qualities, since it created catch points for an opponent’s weapons. The Myōchin, among the most well-known armor-making families of the period, specialized in this difficult but spectacular technique.

Armor (<i>Nimaidō Gusoku</i>), Armor inscribed Myōchin Muneakira (Japanese, Edo period, 1673–1745), Iron, copper, copper-gold alloy (<i>shakudō</i>), gold, silver, horn, leather, silk, Japanese

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