University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: A1107B
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 16th Century - 1911
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 1911
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1911
Other Number88 - Samurai Armor List


Samurai armor. Cuirass, or do, of the domaru, or side-opening breastplate. Raised design of three fans with ivy on upper section. Lower section design in lacquer of green leaves and flowers in red, yellow and white. Also low relief insignia of sanskrit character hrīḥ representing a Buddhist protective deity, either Amida Buddha or Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu. On reverse side is a large orange bow with tassels and a monkey climbing a tree. Purplish-red lacing for shoulders and hanging pieces. White lacing around bottom of chest piece and yellow on bottom of hanging pieces. Probably made in Europe, possibly of Dutch manufacture.

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