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Coat (worn over armor, jin-baori), red wool with crossed sickles (Jin-baori Shojo-hi Rashaji Chigai-kamamon)
The Magic of Japanese Masterpieces
12m 31s

Broadcast on December 3, 2015
Available until March 31, 2029

Many wars were fought across Japan from the latter half of the 15th century into the 17th century. The warriors of those times vied with each other to wear distinctive devices that would make them stand out on the field of battle. The generals, in particular, wore striking jinbaori – battle coats – in order to be seen. The red battle coat featured in this program has a bold crossed-sickle device on the back. In front, a shrine-gate design conveys the warrior’s personal appeal for divine protection. The European woollen fabric was dyed with an expensive pigment and probably arrived through trade with the Portuguese. The use of such a valuable fabric was also a statement of power. We discover the aesthetic sense of the warriors on the battlefields of this fierce warring era.

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