Armor (Haramaki) with Red and White Lacing and Gilded Plates, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Art Object)
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Rooms 5 & 6
August 1, 2023 (Tue) - October 22, 2023 (Sun)
The samurai ruled Japan for nearly 700 years, from the late 12th to the 19th century. They emulated the imperial court, which was the home of high culture, but also borrowed from the practices of common people. Wishing for divine protection in this life and salvation in the next, they worshipped both Shinto and Buddhist deities. The culture of the samurai was complex and ever–changing, but always reflected their authority as the warrior class of Japan.
This gallery focuses on the most prominent symbols of samurai authority: swords, armor, and other military equipment. These had many purposes. Through diverse colors and materials, they showed the tastes of their owners. Differences in shape and construction reflected differences in rank and social standing. Many samurai passed down this equipment as heirlooms, while high–ranking samurai exchanged it as diplomatic gifts. Swords and armor were also donated to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in prayer for victory in battle.
|Highlight||Important Art Object||Armor ("Haramaki") with Red and White Lacing and Gilded Plates||Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century||F-19866|
|Highlight||Surcoat ("Jinbaori") with the Sun and Calligraphy||Azuchi-Momoyama period, 1597||I-424||On exhibit through August 6, 2023|
|Highlight||Important Cultural Property||Samurai's Coat ("Dōbuku") with Stripes, Ginkgo Leaves, and Snowflakes||Presented to Yoshioka Hayato by Tokugawa Ieyasu||Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th–17th century||I-4070||On exhibit from October 3, 2023|