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Armour (dōmaru) 1600 - 1750

Steel, iron, lacquer, gilt bronze, gilt-copper alloy, silk, horn, stencilled doe-skin, leather | 152.5 x 60.0 x 66.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 64124

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This style of armour was prized by the samurai for its lightness and flexibility. The torso covering wraps easily around the body and fastens at the side, and there are no cumbersome shoulder or neck protectors. At the back is a fitting to support a banner with the family crest: in battle, this flag identified friend from foe.