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Nimai-do armour having two-piece do of vertical plates

Unknown18th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum

This armour was owned by Tachibana Akitaka, the 4th lord of the Yanagawa clan. It is fastened by ties at each side of the body and embossed with a dragon motif.
The armour of this type was the dignity symbol of the Daimyo feudal lord rather than the article of utility. All the metal fittings were made of alloy, called ‘Shakudo’, in which a small amount of gold is combined with copper to create beautiful purplish black. It apparently seems to be plain but very delicately made and suitable for Daimyo’s armour.
The helmet was made in 18th century, but its head-protecting part had been made in 16th century.

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  • Title: Nimai-do armour having two-piece do of vertical plates
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 18th century, Edo period
  • Type: Arms & Armour

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