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Dofuku (jacket), Momoyama period (16th/17th century). The jacket is made of woven gold and silver threads, with a bold design of peacock feathers, the front flaps with five clawed dragons.

Dofuku (jacket), Momoyama period (16th/17th century). The jacket is made of woven gold and silver threads, with a bold design of peacock feathers, the front flaps with five clawed dragons.

Tsujigahana Textile with Horizontal Stripes, Flowering Plants, Fans, Snowflakes, Clouds, and Bellflowers

Tsujigahana Textile with Horizontal Stripes, Flowering Plants, Fans, Snowflakes, Clouds, and Bellflowers

Samurai's two piece hitatare outfit woven in gold, violet, and green silk and unglossed silk threads with roundel of phoenixes and foliage on a design of stylised phoenix tails on a beige ground with tassels. Edo Period. British Museum

Samurai's two piece hitatare outfit woven in gold, violet, and green silk and unglossed silk threads with roundel of phoenixes and foliage on a design of stylised phoenix tails on a beige ground with tassels. Edo Period. British Museum

Deer leather dofuku: This overgarment is a short, open-fronted jacket. It came into being in the Momoyama period, and was the forerunner of the modern haori. Originally, it was a merchant’s garment, but samurai began wearing it due to its comfort. It was intended as a protection against the cold or dirt of the outside, but was commonly worn indoors as well.

Deer leather dofuku: This overgarment is a short, open-fronted jacket. It came into being in the Momoyama period, and was the forerunner of the modern haori. Originally, it was a merchant’s garment, but samurai began wearing it due to its comfort. It was intended as a protection against the cold or dirt of the outside, but was commonly worn indoors as well.

Jinbaori, Momoyama period (17th century), with later restoration The early jinbaori of imported Chinese woven silk fabric designed with flared arm holes and decorated with five-clawed dragons, the reverse with a black family crest with a seated white rabbit above the back slit, the front clasp of gilt copper decorated to match the crest design 35in (88.9cm) long.

Jinbaori, Momoyama period (17th century), with later restoration The early jinbaori of imported Chinese woven silk fabric designed with flared arm holes and decorated with five-clawed dragons, the reverse with a black family crest with a seated white rabbit above the back slit, the front clasp of gilt copper decorated to match the crest design 35in (88.9cm) long.

Hineno Zunari Kabuto. Momoyama Period. Circa 1575-1600  Beautiful Zunari style Kabuto with feather shaped wakidate. It features the Tsuyama Clan crest.

Hineno Zunari Kabuto. Momoyama Period. Circa 1575-1600 Beautiful Zunari style Kabuto with feather shaped wakidate. It features the Tsuyama Clan crest.

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