The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Era of Ancient Burial Mounds
The Era of Ancient Tomb Culture
10 - A Warrior Wearing Keiko (horizontally linked protector)
The Costume Museum Kyoto JapanThe Costume Museum Kyoto Japan
1 Mabizashi-tsuki Kabuto (visored helmet)
2 Cup crest of Mabizashi-tsuki Kabuto
3 Neck Plates of Kabuto
4 Shoulder Protector
5 Body Protector
6 Kinu (cloth)
7 Bracelet
8 Quiver to Install Arrows
9 Tassets
10 Divided Skirt
11 Pants Strap
12 Shoes
13 Log Archery
14 Kanto Tachi
15 Shizuri Belt
16 Short Sword
17 Arrow
18 Archer's Wrist Protector [worn on the left hand]
The keiko armor is different from the tanko armor. It was transferred to Japan from the continent of China by way of Korea. In the Era of Burial Mounds, it was used together with tanko armor. The main material of the keiko armor is small plate of steel or copper. The small plates are tied with leather strings of braids. Sleeves,tassets and bracelets were attached to body protector. The keiko armor was used with the Kanto Tachi at the waist and the quiver on the back. This figure was deduced by examining the haniwa (clay images) and the finds.
Besides mabizashi-tsuki kabuto was used with the keiko armor. The photo shows the reproduction of the keiko armor which was reproduced by imitating kondo-sotatehagi armor and hosoitabbyodome-mabisashitsuki kabuto found at gion, kiyokawa-mura, kamisokutsu-gun, Chiba Prefecture.