Jimbaori (armour surcoat)

From Japan
Momoyama period, late 16th century AD

The jimbaori was originally simply a serviceable surcoat to be worn over armour as extra protection from the weather. However, as armour became more and more ornate to reveal the status and personal tastes of the wearer, the coats themselves became increasingly ostentatious. The main design on this example takes the form of an archery target.

This coat is made from the feathers of two species of Japanese pheasant and an unidentified drake of the genus Anas glued on to hemp. The collar is made of Chinese silk twill stiffened with paper.

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L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)


Length: 72.000 cm

Museum number

Asia JA 1897.3-18.6


Gift of Sir A.W. Franks


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