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H4934 Suit of armour and horse tack (47 pieces), textile / leather / wood / lacquer / metal / paper, insignia of samurai officer [Koma Kaemon] of Bizen clan, Japan, Edo period, possibly 1775. Click to enlarge.

Samurai armour and horse tack

Designed
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 …

Summary

Object No.

H4934

Object Statement

Suit of armour and horse tack (47 pieces), textile / leather / wood / lacquer / metal / paper, insignia of samurai officer [Koma Kaemon] of Bizen clan, Japan, Edo period, possibly 1775

Physical Description

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.

Marks

Boxes carry insignia possibly of Koma Kaemon however this has not been confirmed

Dimensions

Height

1430 mm

Width

800 mm

Depth

520 mm

Production

Designed

Made

Notes

An entry in the musuem's accession register from the time of purchase (1948) states that the armour dates from 1775. This has not been verified.

History

Used

Notes

An entry in the museum's accession register from the time of purchase (1948) states that the armour belonged to Koma Kaemon, a samurai officer from the Bizen clan. This has not been verified.

Purchased by the museum from Lawson's auctioneers, Sydney, in 1948. Earlier provenance unknown.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1948

Acquisition Date

26 April 1948

Cite this Object

Harvard

Samurai armour and horse tack 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 September 2021, <https://ma.as/241380>

Wikipedia

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