Re: MoP - #6 - Samurai
on 04-08-2005 01:44 PM
Heya, MoP. I'm a massive samurai geek (which will be revealed Sunday, I expect), and I know you're not going for anything historically accurate, but in the event you're curious:
Samurai heavy armor from an era involving metal helms would be made out of laquered iron plate or scale. The plates or scales are held together by cotton, silk or leather laces which can almost cover the entire armor. The reason ancient Japanese armor is so colorful is due to all that lacing - intricate patterns or designs were created by alternating in and out different pieces of cord of different colors.
A number of things about your piece make me think it was inspired by something towards the end of samurai history. Around 1600 through the end of the era, solid breastplates started to become more common, and you could find many examples of heavy armor like that seemingly devoid of laces. Solid breastplates were actually around before 1000, but it was pretty late in the day before solid iron armor was used all the way around the torso. The helmet and sashimono battle flag are both from around that period as well.
Heh - yeah, jzero, Edo period is what I was suggesting myself [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]