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.
A gift to James I of England from the Shogun of Japan.
Dates from 1610 | Object number: XXVIA.1