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Suit of Armor ("Gusoku")

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Armor such as this was made for foot soldiers during the peaceful Edo period (1615-1868). The embossed ironwork was designed for fancy dress parades, not battle.
Provenance Bunkio Matsuki [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Bunkio Matsuki Sale, A. A. Gallery, Feb. 10, 1906, no. 183; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1906, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Forged Signature] Inscribed: Myochin Yasuchika
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906

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late 18th century (Edo)
iron, mail, lacquer, gold, and textile
(Arms & Armor)
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H: 55 x W: 16 x D: 20 in. (139.7 x 40.64 x 50.8 cm) approx.
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
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