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Okegawa-do armour of two-piece cuirass with dark blue lacing

Unknown19th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum

This armour was owned by Tachibana Akinobu, the 11th lord of the Yanagawa clan, who died young at the age of 19. As it is said “small sized armour” in the management note of the Tachibana family, this small armour might be for something like the coming-of-age ceremony. The family crest ‘gion-mamori’ is decorated in gold Maki-e design on the places called ‘fukikaeshi (the turn back at the front edge of the upper rows of a neck guard)’ and ‘gyoyo (leaf-shaped hanging plates on upper part of breast)’. In spite of the decoration, it is still plain for the feudal lord’s armour.

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  • Title: Okegawa-do armour of two-piece cuirass with dark blue lacing
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century, Edo period
  • Type: Arms & Armour

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