Epaulette, part of a suit of Japanese armour. [El.B 12/4/2007]
Place details: ASIA. Japan / Cultural Group: Japanese Local Name: kohire Materials: Metal / Lacquer Varnish / Silk Yarn Animal / ?. Processes: Lacquered Varnished / Braided / Perforated / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 135 mm Field Collector: ?Edbert Ansgar Hewett When Collected: By 1942 Other Owners: Hereford Museum Edbert Ansgar Hewett Constance Edith Astley PRM Source: Hereford City Museum Acquired: Donated January 1942
KEYWORD: Armour / Ceremonial Object / CLASS: Armour Weapon / Ceremonial / Status / ?.
Object description: This is basically an extension of the shoulderstrap of the cuirass called kohire, 'little fins', a flap of gold lamellae with white silk lacing. Connected to the breastplate with white silk cord and a toggle. [El.B 12/4/2007]
Research notes: The following notes are drawn from research compiled by Andy Mills as part of the DCF Cutting Edge project in 2006-2007. This is a partially complete armour that is showy and modern. It is probably parade armour of the early Tokugawa period. A gold-lacquered maru ni-mai-do (clamshell armour of kozane lamellar construction) hinged in two pieces, and laced in white high-quality kebiki-odoshi. The kusazuri, however, are cut and lacquered from a number of kiritsuke kozane - large single plates that mimic this construction, as are the sode. [SM 09/05/2008]