Tatami armour of mail and karuta plates

Unknown17th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This has been handed down as a suit of armour the second lord Tadashige used in the Shimabara War. It is composed of iron plates linked together by chain which fold compactly to enable easy carrying. Each part of the suit of armour, including the helmet, was stored in the compact box shown on the display, which is 32.7 cm long, 39.7 cm wide and 26.3 cm tall.

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  • Title: Tatami armour of mail and karuta plates
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 17th century, Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: Cuirass: h37.0cm (front), h42.0cm (back); Helmet: w20.3cm, d23.4cm
  • Type: Arms & Armour

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