Tokyo National Museum
Attire of the Military Elite: Heian - Edo period
Honkan Room 5 & 6 March 14, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

Beginning with the sword which is the most important possession of a samurai, this gallery focuses on arms and armor, saddlery, attire of the warriors as well as their portraits and hand-writings.

Current exhibit includes:
Domaru Type Armor, With black leather lacing and white lacing on top, omodaka style, ridged helmet, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)
Hirumaki-no-tachi Style Sword Mounting, With scabbard decorated with spiral bands of silver-plated copper, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Niutsuhime jinja, Wakayama, On exhibit through March 20, 2017)
Tachi Sword, Known as “Shishio”, By swordsmith in Yamato, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit from March 22, 2017)
Sword Mounting (For tachi sword known as “Shishio”), With black-lacquered scabbard, Kamakura period, 13th - 14th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit from March 22, 2017)

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