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Cuirass (Armor for the Torso and Hips) and Greaves (Lower Leg Defenses)

Cuirass (Armor for the Torso and Hips) and Greaves (Lower Leg Defenses)

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Summary

The lavish decoration of this cuirass focuses on the theme of archery. The silver character yumi in the center of the breastplate is Japanese for "bow." Below, there is a golden arrow entwined by dragons. A large sachihoko, a mythological animal that could control rain and therefore create favorable conditions for the use of bow and arrow, is depicted in silver and gold on the backplate.

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Date

1700 - 1899
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Source

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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