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Samurai Cuirass

Object Number:A1107B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 16th Century - 1911
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 1911
Section:Asian
Materials:Metal
Textile
Iconography:Monkey
Fan
Ivy
Flowers
Inscription Language:Sanskrit Language
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1911
Other Number:14602 - Dealer's Number
88 - Samurai Armor List

Description

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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Echoes of the Samurai: An Exhibition of Japanese Arms and Armor (22 May 1981 - 14 Feb 1982) View Objects in Exhibition
Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] 1981. Echoes of the Samurai: An Exhibition of Japanese Arms and Armor.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. pg. 32 p. : ill., map ; 28 cm. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 12View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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