Much of Japan’s early culture was imported via Korea from the great civilisation of the Tang dynasty of China (AD 608-907). Chinese characters, which are the basis of written Japanese, and a great deal of the social structure were imported.
All the armour and weaponry associated with the medieval Samurai have their origins on mainland Asia at this time.
Japanese armour that was a gift to James I of England, VI of Scotland.
Dates from 1610 | Object number: XXVIa.1