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Royal Omiyage

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 11 November 2012 in Art & Design.

A gift for King James I from Tokugawa Hidetada, on display at the Tower of London.

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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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Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan was fine that Ieyasu never got word of this "grave mistake"! It must have been a thing of wonder for whoever had the chance to get a look at it! The intricate work and the colouring on such an armour is astounding...

11 Nov 2012 8:25am

@Japanalia: It was a very popular part of the armour displays, even today, for the tourists.

Florence from Paris, France

Incredible armour. Almost Haute-Couture.

11 Nov 2012 10:33am

@Florence: Beautiful indeed Florence!

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Magnificent armor, it is really beautiful. Great shot.
Good Sunday.

11 Nov 2012 3:53pm

@gerard1948: Thanks gerard!

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

This armour is quite beautiful and impressive!

11 Nov 2012 6:33pm

@Richard Standley: Thanks Richard!

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic to see, great

11 Nov 2012 8:07pm

@Alun: Thanks Alun!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


12 Nov 2012 9:00pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve!