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Armour: HEN.M.465-1933

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Comprising a eight plate tachi do of iron, lacquered in black and gold with a rough finish resembling tree bark. The edging plates are lacquered dark red with a black meandering patter, and gold lacquered tachibana mon, (orange blossom). Joined by blue lacing to seven sugake laced kusazuri, each lacquered to match the do. The lower plates were covered in bear fur, but this has been roughly removed. The shoulder straps are lacquered dark red with green silk cords, ending in double gourd terminals lacquered dark red. The sode are associated, of gold lacquer kebiki laced in red, lined with blue hemp. The kote are of blue hemp printed with sprays of flowers and foliage in white. They are covered with small scales lacquered to match the do, joined by mail, with dark red lacquered petalled bossed at the elbows, and dark red lacquered hand and thumb defences, the hand defences with the same mon. The haidate are formed of three rows of sales matching the do, and a bottom layer of dark red lacquered scales. The fabric section matches the kote. The suneate are of the same fabric, with long plates lacquered to match the do, joined by mail, with scale padded sections of black with dark blue cross knots.


History note: Unknown before J.S. Henderson, Abbotsford

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Henderson, James Stewart


18th century
Edo Period (1615-1868)
1700 CE - 1799 CE


The associated sode may be a match for the unnumbered zunari kabuto, which might form part of the same composite armour.

The mon was used by several families, principally the Matsudaira (Hawley and Chappelear 1976: 17).

Components of the work

Parts composed of iron

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.465-1933
Primary reference Number: 162421
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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