Cuirass (Haramaki Dō), late 15th–early 16th century. Japanese. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.221.17) | Arms and Armor Department founding curator Bashford Dean's three-month trip to Japan in the spring of 1917 resulted in many important acquisitions for the Museum. Among them was this early example of a haramaki, a light, flexible, and close-fitting type of torso armor that opens vertically up the back.
Armor (Gusoku). Helmet signed by Bamen Tomotsugu (Eichizan province, Toyohara, active 18th century). Iron, lacquer, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), silver, silk, horse hair, ivory. As mounted, H. 148.8 cm; W. 47.6 cm. The workmanship of this armor and its materials are of the highest quality. -The Metropolitan Museum-