Armpit guard with maki-e design of Gion-mamori crest

Unknown16th century, Muromachi-Momoyama period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This armpit guard was stored in a chest with a suit of armor owned by Tachibana Muneshige. Armpit guards were usually used in pairs but only one piece was found in the chest. From its old-fashioned shape, it is considered to have been created around the mid-16th century.
It is made of iron, covered with chestnut-colored leather. The gold maki-e design on the leather surface depicts a talisman of the Gion-sha Shrine tied to cedar leaves. It expresses Muneshige’s belief in Gion Faith.


  • Title: Armpit guard with maki-e design of Gion-mamori crest
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 16th century, Muromachi-Momoyama period
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 17.5 cm W: 20.0 cm Wt: 210 g
  • Type: Arms & Armour

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