Royal Armouries

The 'Tokugawa' armour

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A Japanese samurai helmet that was a gift to James I of England

A Japanese samurai helmet that was a gift to James I of England

  • A Japanese samurai helmet that was a gift to James I of England

    A Japanese samurai helmet that was a gift to James I of England

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  • Japanese helmet

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Date: 1610 | Object number: XXVIA.1

The 'Tokugawa' armour

Description

One of two armours made by Iwai Yosaemon of Nara, the personal armourer to the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

It was given to Captain John Saris in 1613 by Tokugawa Ieyasu’s son, Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada, as part of a gift for King James I of England and VI of Scotland.


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