Surcoat (Jinbaori)

Date: 17th century

Geography: Kyoto

Culture: Japanese

Medium: Silk, felt, metallic thread, wood, lacquer

Dimensions: H. 38 3/8 in. (97.3 cm); W. 25 in. (63.3 cm)

Classification: Surcoat

Credit Line: Purchase, Charles and Ellen Baber Gift, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.95


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.