What is Japanese-Made Nanban Armor (Wasei Nanban Dou) of Samurai Armor
This is a domestically produced chest armor (Do) that was created in imitation of the Western armor ‘Nanban Dou’ imported during the Nanban trade. The original Nanban Dou was very large, heavy, and expensive, so it began to be produced domestically to fit the physique of the Japanese. Unlike the Nanban Dou, whose lower edge of the torso is V-shaped, the ‘Japanese-Made Nanban Dou’ is straight and flat.
Note: ‘Nanban Trade’ refers to the trade conducted between Spain and Portugal from the late Muromachi period to the early Edo period.
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