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Ceremonial Armour

16th-19th century

Iwai Schichirobei Munesuke, École de Joshu Myochin

From the beginning of the 17th century in Japan, a period of feudal wars between different clans was followed by the 250-year reign of the Tokugawa shoguns. While the peace that then reigned in the archipelago did not put an end to the production of armour, its function as a mark of rank and power became paramount. The aesthetic appearance of the armour took priority over its purely utilitarian and protective role, and the makers performed veritable feats of technical prowess.

This remarkable complete suit of armour was made for Shishido Tamaki, an important figure in the Mori clan of Hagi in Nagato.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artwork Details

Artist: Iwai Schichirobei Munesuke school of Joshu Myochin
Title: Ceremonial Armour
Geography: Kyoto, Japan
Date: 16th-19th century

Medium: iron, sabi-nuri lacquered iron, black lacquered iron hon kozane, gilt copper, lacquered wood, figured silk with gold thread

Classification: arms, military equipment, uniforms
Dimensions: 270 x 100 x 72 cm
Inventory number : LAD 2010.013
Contact for images : [email protected]
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