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Armor (Gusoku)

Armorer:
Helmet signed by Saotome Iyetada (Japanese, Edo period, active early–mid-19th century)
Date:
early–mid-19th century
Culture:
Japanese and European
Medium:
Iron, silk, copper, gold
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Gift of Edith McCagg, in memory of her husband, Louis B. McCagg, 1929
Accession Number:
29.178
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377
This armor reflects several waves of Western influence in Japan. The helmet, modeled on a late sixteenth-century Dutch cabasset, is by the Japanese armorer Saotome Iyetada, whose signature is found inside the bowl. The cuirass appears to be of early nineteenth-century European manufacture. These older elements, completed by more modern ones, were decorated with Buddhist divinities and literary figures by a Japanese craftsman using etching, which is a Western process. The helmet bears the badge of the Arima family, daimyo (lords) of Kurume.
Signature: Helmet signed inside the bowl: Saotome Iyetada.
Ex coll.: Louis B. and Edith McCagg.
Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of the Loan Collection of Japanese Armor. New York, 1903. pp. 67–71, fig. 24.



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