vest-like garment; body made thickly-twisted rust colored paper fibers; front vertical flaps and lining of printed fabric--green printed with orange butterflies and foliage; yellow wool shoulder decorations embellished with light blue crisscrosses; medallion on upper back of white wool in the form of a bird with outstretched wings

Campaign vest (jinbaori), 19th century

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In earlier times, samurai wore jackets and trouser suits made from richly colored and patterned silk, beneath relatively little armor. But in the 16th century the style of armor changed to cover more of the body, and these elaborate undergarments were concealed. As a result, high-ranking lords began to wear surcoats over their armor. These garments were often made of luxurious, sometimes imported materials. Flamboyant designs and glaring color choices signaled the rank and identity of the wearer and created an imposing appearance on the battlefield.

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Campaign vest (jinbaori)
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2012.33.2
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vest-like garment; body made thickly-twisted rust colored paper fibers; front vertical flaps and lining of printed fabric--green printed with orange butterflies and foliage; yellow wool shoulder decorations embellished with light blue crisscrosses; medallion on upper back of white wool in the form of a bird with outstretched wings