Royal Armouries

James I Japanese Gift Armour (domaru)

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Date: 1570 | Object number: AL.2711

A gift of armour by Iwai Yozaemon from Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada to King James I of England, VI of Scotland via Captain John Saris of the East India Company in 1613.

Signed in lacquer on the inside of the neckguard and upper plate of the breastplate ‘Nambu Iwai Yozaemon saku’.

Publications

I. Bottomley, ‘Diplomatic gifts of arms and armour between Japan and Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries’, Arms and Armour, 1.1, 2004, pp.5-24

James I Japanese Gift Armour (domaru)

Description

胴丸銘南部岩井与左衛門, 桃山時代

Full suit of armour, brown and gold lacquered pieces linked with red and blue silk braid.

Comprising helmet (suji kabuto), mask (mempo), shoulder defences (sode), sleeves with gauntlets attached (kote), thigh guards (haidate), shin guards (suneate).

Completely preserved in its original condition, with all its original silk lacing intact.

On loan from Her Majesty the Queen. AL.2711.

A gift of armour by Iwai Yozaemon from Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada to King James I of England, VI of Scotland via Captain John Saris of the East India Company in 1613.

Signed in lacquer on the inside of the neckguard and upper plate of the breastplate ‘Nambu Iwai Yozaemon saku’.

Publications

I. Bottomley, ‘Diplomatic gifts of arms and armour between Japan and Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries’, Arms and Armour, 1.1, 2004, pp.5-24

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