A gift for King James I from Tokugawa Hidetada, on display at the Tower of London.
Presentation armour, about 1610
A diplomatic gift brought back from Japan by Captain John Saris of the East India Company in 1613, this armour is one of two
presented to King James I by Tokugawa Hidetada.
Designed by Iwai Yozaemon of Nara in about 1610, this stunning piece was assembled by the personal armourer of Tokugawa Hidetada's father, Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa Shogun.
This armour has been displayed at the Tower from 1662 but was for centuries wrongly labelled as the ‘armour of the Great Mogul.’
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