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Armour, F96.2

Physical Description

Japanese armour set.
(a )Chest protection (do).
Attached waist and thigh protection made from articulated laminated metal plates held together with dark blue cord. Breastplate is metal, with inlaid decoration of a buddha with halo. Above the buddha are clouds, below a dragon. Shoulder supports are laminated metal. Three Japanese characters on back in silver inlay.
(b) and (c)
Set of gloves. Fingers and hand are articulated. Mail joins the hand to the forearm. Forearm is made of chain and 5 iron plates. Floral motif out outside edge. Squares of chain towards upper arm. Plates of iron and squares towards upper arm. Two dark blue loops at top of arm. Floral patterned material under arm, with two loops on hand to attach to body. Dark blue joining down central under arm. Chain section under armpit.
(d) Protective section which sits at front for armour and protects body underneath. Black lacquer, with dark blue cord. White and dark blue edging. Light orange bottom. Underside is dark blue fabric. Two loops at top for attachment to body armour.
(e) Helmet consists of ?lacquered metal dome, in dark brown, with gold circular piece on top which penetrates through helmet. Front has square shapes gold decoration, over silver moon-shaped decoration. Sides are mottled gold flaps. Back consists of articulated panels with dark blue, light orange and black and white cording. Red knot on back of helmet. Light brown rope like attachments off side for securing to head. Underside is dark red. Blue material lines helmet.
(f)
Mask consists if long grey beard and dark brown face. Underside is red. Nose and top lip Under side of chin has four panels, held together with dark blue, light orange ands white, blue and light green. Two screws under chin. Single tare (front thigh panel protector). Black panels are held together with dark blue cord.

Provenance

Dismantled from long-term display in Upper Fels
Locality:

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (e - helmet): 173 x 318 x 333mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (f - face mask): 362 x 192 x 121mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (d - skirt cover): 304 x 250 x 21mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - sleeve): 709 x 290 x 34mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (c - sleeve): 708 x 304 x 30mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - cuirass & skirt): 750 x 350 x 350mm

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