Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shoulder Guard (Ō-Sode)

mid–late 14th century
Iron, leather, lacquer, silk, gilt copper
H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); W. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Armor Parts
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914
Accession Number:
Not on view
Large square sode are the earliest form of shoulder guards used in Japan. This rare, unrestored example is almost contemporary with the Ashikaga armor in the center of this gallery.
Yamagami, Hachiro. Nippon Katchū no Shin Kenkyū (Modern Study of Japanese Armor). Vol. II. Tokyo, 1928. p. 885, fig. 181.

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