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Wool (rasha); applique and silk and gold thread cord
129.9 x 120 cm (51 1/8 x 47 1/4 in.)
Gift of John C. Weber 2020.423
Wool has self-extinguishing properties that protect the wearer from fire.
Wood architecture in densely populated areas made firefighting a frequent occurrence in the Edo period (1615–1868). Jackets made of leather or wool offered firefighters protection against the flames. Wool was imported from Europe. The triple ring crest in white is of the “three alternating rings” (mitsurin chigai) type framed in a tortoise shell (kikko) motif, and identified the house with which the wearer was affiliated.
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