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  • Yukinoshita-do style armor

    Breastplate and two sideplates of a hinged five-section yukinoshita-do style armor, with embossed design of a dragon

    Breastplate and two sideplates of a hinged five-section yukinoshita-do style armor, with embossed design of a dragon
    Japanese
    18th century
    iron, copper alloy, gold lacquer and silk cord
    39.4 x 26.7 cm (15 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.); weight: 4 lb. 8 oz.
    The John  Woodman Higgins Collection
    2014.23

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    Traditional Japanese armor consisted of small plates laced together, as in the nearby samurai harness. Such armor was effective against virtually all weapons, except firearms. Plate armor was introduced in the 1500s to deal with the new weaponry, and continued to be used in the Edo period for ceremonial purposes.

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