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For much of the thousand years before the late 19th century, Japanese history was marked by civil wars and factional power struggles. In Japan’s insular and highly stratified social structure alliances shifted between the Emperor, the Shogun or supreme military commander and the daimyo or powerful landholders. Much of the fighting was carried out by the warrior class, or samurai.
In this society where power was underpinned by military might, martial arts were extremely important. The highly res...
Suit of armour and horse tack (47 pieces), textile / leather / wood / lacquer / metal / paper, insignia of samurai officer [Koma Kaemon] of Bizen clan, Edo period, Japan, 
The collection consists of body armour, textile underclothing, textile banners, horse armour and storage material. The armour bears an insignia claimed to be that of Koma Kaemon Samurai officer of the Bizen clan. The Body armour components are: a cuirass (do), thigh guards (haidate), sleeve armour (kote), shoulder guards (sade), a face mask (mempo), neck guard and throat ring and Helmet (kabuto). The underclothing components are: breeches, jacket, sleeveless jacket, belt and neckties. The horse tack consists of: saddle, stirrups, halter, reins, girth strap and bit. The storage materials consist of storage boxes and wrapping papers. A banner is also part of the armour and horse tack collection.
Boxes carry insignia possibly of Koma Kaemon however this has not been confirmed