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cuirass

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    OA+.13545.b

  • Description

    Cuirass (do). Made of steel, russet iron, mail, and lacquered iron and leather sheet; also with gold. Signed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.25 metres (whole, as mounted)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Unkai Mitsunao
  • Curator's comments

    Smith et al 1990

    Thick steel-plate bullet-proof cuirasses were first made in the sixteenth century when firearms were introduced into Japan, and many were originally based on European designs. During the Edo period armour was worn only on ceremonial occasions, and the heavy iron and steel gave way to lighter material; but some provincial lords like the Date clan of Sendai countinued to maintain a warlike appearance, perhaps still smarting under the memory of their ancestors' defeat by the Tokugawas in the decisive battle of Seki ga Hara (AD 1600).

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith & Harris 1982 14 bibliographic details
    • Smith et al 1990 83 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G93/dc10

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    OA+.13545.b

Tare. Made of steel. 18th-19th century.

Tare. Made of steel. 18th-19th century.

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