Armor Notes - 29 April 2015 Armor(Late Heian Period-Kamakura Muromachi Edo I Samurai late Heian ethical code develops around warrior intention is to

Armor Notes - 29 April 2015 Armor(Late Heian...

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29 April 2015 Armor (Late Heian Period-Kamakura, Muromachi, Edo) I. Samurai – late Heian, ethical code develops around warrior, intention is to grab the long and short sword and die II. Helmet (with U-shape on top of the helmet) a. Kawari kabuto: “altered helmets,” shaped in all kinds of strange individualistic ways (not uniform) III. Cuirass: part of armor that protect torso, panels that extends to upper leg part a. Scales (lamellae) – cuirass is made with scales from lamellae (iron and leather) i. Skirt-like details of scales (protection against arrows+swords) 1. Ex. Warrior, made of Haniwa, during Kofun period (this figure had curiass but probably represented with leather during this time) 2. Fancier versions – the skirt part dyed red and gold metal decorative on archer’s plate 3. Function of armor shows the status and authority (higher one has more ornamented and fancier armors) ii. Scales had lacquer coats on top, threaded so that these scales are overlapped IV.

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