Arms and Armor in Owari Tokugawa Family

Symbols of a Warrior's Soul and Life

Helmet and armor (Momoyama-Edo period, 16-17th c.) by unknownThe Tokugawa Art Museum

of the Warrior: Arms and Armor

Here suits of armor are displayed as they would have been in a Daimyō household, evoking the deep reverence and admiration the samurai class felt for military equipment.

Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu as a Shintō Deity Tōshō-daigongen (Edo period, 17th c.) by Traditionally attributed to Kano Tan'yuThe Tokugawa Art Museum

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) was the founder and 1st shogun of the Tokugawa bakufu, and father of Tokugawa Yoshinao (1600-1650), the first head of the Owari Tokugawa clan.

Helmet and armor (Momoyama-Edo period, 16-17th c.) by unknownThe Tokugawa Art Museum

Owari Tokugawa clan, the warrior class regarded arms and armor as the most symbol of the samurai spirit,and therefore regarded as the most prestigious item.

This is an extraordinary suit of armor and helmet, entirely covered with bearskin.

Long Sword (Tachi), known as Tsuda Tōtoumi Nagamitsu (Kamakura period, 13th c.) by NagamitsuThe Tokugawa Art Museum

Sword, as "the soul of the warrior", was a highly prized symbol of the samurai spirit, and therefore regarded as the most prestigious item. In our collection, 8 of them are National Treasures.

Sword Guard (Tsuba) (Edo period, 17th c.) by Gotō 8th Sokujō MitsushigeThe Tokugawa Art Museum

In addition to swords and armor, a daimyo family possessed various weaponry, including sword fittings, bows and arrows, matchlocks and falconry equipment.

Sword Guard called Tsuba, served to protect the user's hands when holding a sword, whilst helping to balance the blade and the hilt.

Matchlock (Southest Asia, 16-17th c.)The Tokugawa Art Museum

Introduced by the Portuguese in 1543, the matchlock transformed warfare in Japan.

A standard matchlock had a barrel of about a meter in length, weighed around 4 kilograms, and used lead bullets of about a centimeter in diameter.

Its effective range was about 100 meters.

Six fold screen of The Battle of Nagashino (Edo period, 18th c.) by unknownThe Tokugawa Art Museum

It was most famously used in the Battle of Nagashino of 1575, the combined forces of Oda and Tokugawa vs Takeda.

This work illustrates the battle scene of Tokugawa Firing Squad and their matchlocks.

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