Tokugawa armor sold for $600K to Minneapolis museum

1mia1211 The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts just bought this rare Tokugawa-era suit of armor, made of iron, leather, lacquer, and gold, for $602,500.

The armor came from a Japanese museum that acquired it in 1927 from a treasury that was part of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the family of warlords who ruled Japan from 1600 until 1868. It was made in the early 1600s in Kii Province, south of Kyoto, which was then headed by Tokugawa Yorinobu (1602-71), the 10th son of the dynasty’s founder.

The buyers are guessing that it was probably never worn in battle because it’s in pristine condition.

Link (Thanks, Misa!)

3 thoughts on “Tokugawa armor sold for $600K to Minneapolis museum

  1. When I was in Nikko, I went to see the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu. They had a lot of “treasuries” there. Beautiful place to visit, if you have not been there. At some point, I’ll pass a couple photos to Lisa.

  2. Tokugawa clan has lost some really important cultural pieces in hard times. They’ve auctioned off treasures to raise money, which resulted in some collectors picking up all kinds of swords and armor for basically nothing. Some of these are rare masterpieces by smiths with almost no other extant work.