What is Shikoro of Samurai Armor?
The term "Shikoro" refers to a piece of armor that hangs from the left and right sides to the back of the samurai helmet bowl (hachi), protecting the neck and back of the head. It is made of small plates (Kozane). The front part is folded back on both sides, this part is called "fukigaeshi", which guards the face from both sides and also serves as a decoration and prevents damage to the Kozane. It has been used since the Kofun period, and from the Heian period to the middle of the Kamakura period, it was designed to cover the shoulders completely with a wide hem as a measure against cavalry battles. The shape varies depending on the era.
See more terms related to samurai armor in this samurai armor glossary