Samourai Lacquered Abumi Stirrups

Pair of stamped brass stirrups decorated with Hashizuka, Ito and Manabe Mons.
Japan – Edo (1615-1868), 18th century.
Measures: Height 26 cm, length 32 cm, width 12 cm.
As in Western culture, the culture Japanese stirrups were part of traditional accessories used only by the nobility and the people belonging to the upper class.
The stirrups were made in the most precious metal, they were intended to indicate the social status of the owner.
They were used in military combat during ceremony or daily.
The traditional form of Japanese calipers take its source in the Heian period (Between 794 and 1185). During the Momoyama period some helmets and armor reflect the influence of Iberian armament but the shape of the Japanese stirrups remained unaltered. The arrival of the Portuguese in the archipelago had an impact at another level. The decoration is different.
Because these pieces are melted in iron, they are highly resistant and also thoughts as powerful weapons. Volume and frontal prominence guaranteed considerable damage to their enemies especially when they were without frames.
The presence of ganches proves that these calipers were manufactured by or for the Portuguese. The ganche being absent from the Japanese stirrups.