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Portuguese traders accompanied by African slaves and a menagerie of exotic wares, by Kano School (17th Century)

Portuguese traders accompanied by African slaves and a menagerie of exotic wares, by Kano School (17th Century)

Namban Byobu (detail): Unloading of a Portuguese Carrack, by Kano School (17th Century)

Namban Byobu (detail): Unloading of a Portuguese Carrack, by Kano School (17th Century)

Date: 17th century Culture: Japanese Medium: Lacquered iron, silver, gold, leather, silk

Date: 17th century Culture: Japanese Medium: Lacquered iron, silver, gold, leather, silk

Southern Barbarians, by the Kanto School (17th Century)

Southern Barbarians, by the Kanto School (17th Century)

Jinbaori worn over a samurai’s armor providing warmth and protection. Samurai wore such garments with pride because of the wool’s status as an exotic import. Europeans achieved the rich scarlet hue by combining a tin mordant with cochineal dye from Mexico. Body and crest- Europe, possibly Netherlands, 17th–18th century; wool Lapels- China, 17th–18th century; lampas, silk, and gilt-paper strips Shoulders- Europe, 1760s; silk brocaded with silk and metal-wrapped thread

Jinbaori worn over a samurai’s armor providing warmth and protection. Samurai wore such garments with pride because of the wool’s status as an exotic import. Europeans achieved the rich scarlet hue by combining a tin mordant with cochineal dye from Mexico. Body and crest- Europe, possibly Netherlands, 17th–18th century; wool Lapels- China, 17th–18th century; lampas, silk, and gilt-paper strips Shoulders- Europe, 1760s; silk brocaded with silk and metal-wrapped thread

Screen painting of Jurakutei 「聚楽第」『聚樂第屏風圖』 by unknown 16th century artist.

Screen painting of Jurakutei 「聚楽第」『聚樂第屏風圖』 by unknown 16th century artist.

'Suit of armor with a pink rib-bone cuirass,' 18th century by International Arts & Artists, via Flickr

'Suit of armor with a pink rib-bone cuirass,' 18th century by International Arts & Artists, via Flickr

The Great Martyrdom of Nagasaki (16-17th-century), by unknown Japanese painter

The Great Martyrdom of Nagasaki (16-17th-century), by unknown Japanese painter

'Domaru type armor with Chinese magistrate's cap,' 18th century by International Arts & Artists, via Flickr

'Domaru type armor with Chinese magistrate's cap,' 18th century by International Arts & Artists, via Flickr

Namban trade screen (detail), by Kano School(date unknown)

Namban trade screen (detail), by Kano School(date unknown)

37. 俵屋宗達工房 大原御幸図屏風, Royal Visit to Ōhara, from The Tale of the Heike - Studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu - Edo period (first half of the 17th century)

37. 俵屋宗達工房 大原御幸図屏風, Royal Visit to Ōhara, from The Tale of the Heike - Studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu - Edo period (first half of the 17th century)

Armor of the Gusoku type, made by Bamen Tomotsugu, Japan, 18th century

Armor of the Gusoku type, made by Bamen Tomotsugu, Japan, 18th century

Fireman's Helmet (Kajikabuto) for a Daimyo Date: 18th century Culture: Japanese Medium: Gilt copper, leather, felt, silk, and lacquer

Fireman's Helmet (Kajikabuto) for a Daimyo Date: 18th century Culture: Japanese Medium: Gilt copper, leather, felt, silk, and lacquer