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Samurai Armor (Tokyo National Museum)

Helmet, body-front, sleeve-front

Important Cultural Property (1 piece). Helmet, body-front, sleeve-front. Muromachi period/15th century. Donated by Akita Kazusue, Tokyo National Museum, F-20153. Image courtesy of Tokyo National Museum.

Detail: Helmet

Detail from: Important Cultural Property (1 piece). Helmet, body-front, sleeve-front. Muromachi period/15th century. Donated by Akita Kazusue, Tokyo National Museum, F-20153. Image courtesy of Tokyo National Museum.

Samurai Armor

Samurai armor was made in several styles. Whatever the style, however, Japanese suits of armor were constructed chiefly of leather and small iron plates. The plates were layered to form sections of horizontal tiers, to which lacquer was then applied, making the armor strong and waterproof. Sections were laced to one another with thick, colorful silk cord to create larger sections. An entire suit of armor would be stored in a single wooden box.

Helmet, body-front, sleeve-front
Detail: Helmet
Samurai Armor
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