Armatura giapponese del tipo Do-Maru
Steel, silver, leather, lacquer, linen, gold, leather, golden copper, silk
The Japanese armor is composed of an assembly of heterogeneous materials: metal, leather, fabric, lacquer, silk, golden metal strips. Its parts, joined by silk tapes, are articulated in a robust but flexible whole that did not force the samurai body into a rigid structure, to guarantee, in addition to protection, a considerable freedom of movement. The armor is packaged according to the do-maru type, a light defensive equipment attested in the XIII-XVI centuries for the clash on foot. It was intended for a high-ranking character, as evidenced by the use of fine materials such as silk and lacquer which, thanks to the characteristics of strength, elasticity and waterproofing, contribute to making it a combination of elegance and functionality. It is one of three complete Japanese armor that became part of the Eastern collection of the Royal Armory by the second half of the nineteenth century. It was donated in 1869 to King Vittorio Emanuele II by Emperor Meiji following the signing of the friendship and trade treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and Japan. In anticipation of the rearrangement in the Armory Rotunda (2016), the reinforcement has undergone a careful restoration and has a special support structure, designed to distribute the weight of the various elements in a calibrated way and to avoid the deterioration of the different materials.