Antique Armor 14

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From card: "Description / Kabuto-- 32 plate, signed "Nobufusa", probably 16th century / Mempo-- signed "Munekatsu" c. 1800 / Do-- tachi-do /Sode-- tsubo? / Haidate-- kawara / Kote-- oda? (Kaga) / Suneate-- O-tateage / Kogake-- fur sandals / plus-- baton, canteen, storage box". Formerly on exhibit in NHB Hall 7, case 63. Smithsonian Photographic Services Negative # 78-7809 is a photo of armor on exhibit. Exhibit label text in this exhibit stated: "Japanese Samurai armor, presented to President Theodore Roosevelt by the Emperor of Japan after the Portsmouth Peace Conference, ending the Russo-Japanese war, September 5, 1905. The color of this armor indicates a samurai of great authority. Heraldic (mons) on the armor belonged to several important families such as the Hosokawa, Ogasawara and Shibata. The helmet bowl dates from 1532-1555 and was made by Miochin Nobufusa, a pupil of the most famous armorer, Nobuiye. The face mask (mempo) was made by Miochin Munekatsu working about 1800-1854. The complete suit was probably mounted between 1850-1875." See Anthropology Collections Lab accession file for additional information. Armor box that goes with this armor is E253299.
Materials of armor: Steel, brass, gilded copper, wood, leather, lacquer, silk, and silk brocade. Armor only was on display in the National Museum of Natural History exhibit "Objects of Wonder", 2017 - 2021.
Record Last Modified
5 Aug 2018
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President Theodore Roosevelt
Donor Name
President Theodore Roosevelt
Japan, Asia
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object Type
Armor / Fan / Baton / Canteen