To reflect on Japanese Art inevitably takes us to Samurai armor, pure masterpieces of craftmanship even when we know they were created for warriors. Comprising several layers, the function was to protect the person wearing it but ultimately to frighten the enemy by its magnificence.
Made up of sheets of steel and leather the armor was divided into different sections: the breastplate, apron (protecting vital organs) sleeves in chainmail, shorts leggings and a helmet. Often ornately extravagant the intention was to show warrior importance.
From the XVII century Japan ceased long years of feudal war. Reunification took place and peace reigned for 250 years. The EDOera (1603‐ 1868) hastened the death knell for warrior armor and became pageantry attire. Although high ranking warriors continued making battle armor it became unpopular and pageantry armor replaced it and essentially used for formal ceremonies and parades, continuing to create the costumes in pure high level Japanese tradition but using lighter and more refined materials. The esthetical appearance therefore replaced the original warrior utility.
During the 20th century as Japanese art and culture gained in popularity, rich lords began to acquire historical armor. From this came the creation of contemporary versions modelled on the contours and techniques of the authentic and original armor.
From November 1st it will be possible to discover an example of Samourai armor named “ YOROI”, from the early Showa period (1926-1935 in the showroom at La Loggia by Garbarino. It is a sample marking the first Japanese armors worn by the Samurai clas
To view / acquire into our showroom, at 40 Boulevard des Moulins in Monaco. Details available in the exhibition catalogue.