Bushido
Way of the Samurai

Key works

  • JAPANESE
A suit of armour with horse saddle, stirrups and trappings 1665 


metal, wood, pigments, lacquer, gold paint, silk, cotton, leather, gilt
(1) 28.2 x 41.0 x 39.0 cm (saddle)
(2-3) 25.6 x 12.5 x 29.0 cm (each) (stirrups)
(4) 22.0 x 43.5 x 41.7 cm (Kabuto, helmet)
(5) 25.5 x 20.0 x 12.0 cm (Mempo, face guard)
(6) 45.5 x 38.5 x 26.0 cm (Do, body armour)
(7) 71.5 cm (centre back)
45.0 cm (sleeve length) (jacket)
(8) 94.0 cm (centre back)
32.0 cm (waist, flat) (Hakama, trousers)
(9-10) 62.5 cm (sleeve length) (each)
46.0 cm (width, flat) (each) (Kote, arm guards)
(11-12) 31.5 cm (height) (each)
37.5 cm (circumference) (each) (Suneata, calf guard)
(13) 53.0 x 69.7 cm (saddle cloth)
(14) 22.5 x 70.5 cm (saddle cloth)
(15-16) 35.5 x 68.5 x 2.3 cm (each) (Kusazuri, skirted parts)
(17-18) 29.0 x 26.5 x 5.5 cm (each) (Sode, shoulder guards)
(19) 56.7 x 155.0 cm (Haidate, thigh guards)
(20) 35.5 x 39.3 x 4.5 cm (saddle pad)
(21-22) 99.3 x 7.0 cm (each) (saddle pads)
(23-24) 28.0 x 38.0 x 2.5 cm (each) (saddle pads)
(25) (66.0 x 40.0 x 11.0 cm) (horse straps)
(26) 220.0 x 12.5 x 25.5 cm (horse straps)
(27) 245.0 x 19.0 cm (horse fitting)
(28) 268.0 x 6.0 cm (horse fitting)
(29) 208.0 x 3.0 cm (horse fitting)
(30) 150.4 x 9.4 cm (horse fitting)
(31) 225.0 x 16.0 cm (horse fitting)
(32) 266.0 x 12.8 cm (horse fitting)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Acquired, 1889
460.1-32-D2

    JAPANESE
    A suit of armour with horse saddle, stirrups and trappings 1665
    metal, wood, pigments, lacquer, gold paint, silk, cotton, leather, gilt
    (1) 28.2 x 41.0 x 39.0 cm (saddle) (2-3) 25.6 x 12.5 x 29.0 cm (each) (stirrups) (4) 22.0 x 43.5 x 41.7 cm (Kabuto, helmet) (5) 25.5 x 20.0 x 12.0 cm (Mempo, face guard) (6) 45.5 x 38.5 x 26.0 cm (Do, body armour) (7) 71.5 cm (centre back) 45.0 cm (sleeve length) (jacket) (8) 94.0 cm (centre back) 32.0 cm (waist, flat) (Hakama, trousers) (9-10) 62.5 cm (sleeve length) (each) 46.0 cm (width, flat) (each) (Kote, arm guards) (11-12) 31.5 cm (height) (each) 37.5 cm (circumference) (each) (Suneata, calf guard) (13) 53.0 x 69.7 cm (saddle cloth) (14) 22.5 x 70.5 cm (saddle cloth) (15-16) 35.5 x 68.5 x 2.3 cm (each) (Kusazuri, skirted parts) (17-18) 29.0 x 26.5 x 5.5 cm (each) (Sode, shoulder guards) (19) 56.7 x 155.0 cm (Haidate, thigh guards) (20) 35.5 x 39.3 x 4.5 cm (saddle pad) (21-22) 99.3 x 7.0 cm (each) (saddle pads) (23-24) 28.0 x 38.0 x 2.5 cm (each) (saddle pads) (25) (66.0 x 40.0 x 11.0 cm) (horse straps) (26) 220.0 x 12.5 x 25.5 cm (horse straps) (27) 245.0 x 19.0 cm (horse fitting) (28) 268.0 x 6.0 cm (horse fitting) (29) 208.0 x 3.0 cm (horse fitting) (30) 150.4 x 9.4 cm (horse fitting) (31) 225.0 x 16.0 cm (horse fitting) (32) 266.0 x 12.8 cm (horse fitting)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Acquired, 1889
    460.1-32-D2

  • JAPANESE
Armour (18th century) 


metal, wood, pigment, lacquer, gold paint, silk, cotton, leather, metal thread
(a-k) 136.0 x 56.0 x 45.0 cm (overall) (installation)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Henry Darlot, 1888
2066.a-k-D1A

    JAPANESE
    Armour (18th century)
    metal, wood, pigment, lacquer, gold paint, silk, cotton, leather, metal thread
    (a-k) 136.0 x 56.0 x 45.0 cm (overall) (installation)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift of Mrs Henry Darlot, 1888
    2066.a-k-D1A

  • JAPANESE
Saddle and stirrups with dragon and lightening design Edo period (1600-1615)-1868 


lacquer on wood, gold, silver, pigment, cotton cord
(a) 27.5 x 42.3 x 38.4 cm (saddle)
(b) 25.3 x 29.4 x 12.0 cm (stirrup)
(c) 25.3 x 29.4 x 12.0 cm (stirrup)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1888
2025M.a-c-D1A

    JAPANESE
    Saddle and stirrups with dragon and lightening design Edo period (1600-1615)-1868
    lacquer on wood, gold, silver, pigment, cotton cord
    (a) 27.5 x 42.3 x 38.4 cm (saddle) (b) 25.3 x 29.4 x 12.0 cm (stirrup) (c) 25.3 x 29.4 x 12.0 cm (stirrup)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased, 1888
    2025M.a-c-D1A

  • Utagawa Yoshitsuya
The death of Kusunoki Masatsura 1862 
(Kusunoki Masatsura uchijini no zu 楠正行討死之図)

colour woodblock (triptych)
(a-c) 35.9 x 74.0 cm (image) (overall)
(a-c) 36.4 x 74.0 cm (sheet) (overall)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1993
AS9.a-c-1993

    Utagawa Yoshitsuya
    The death of Kusunoki Masatsura 1862
    (Kusunoki Masatsura uchijini no zu 楠正行討死之図)
    colour woodblock (triptych)
    (a-c) 35.9 x 74.0 cm (image) (overall) (a-c) 36.4 x 74.0 cm (sheet) (overall)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased, 1993
    AS9.a-c-1993

  • Felice BEATO (attributed to)
No title (Samurai warrior) (1860s-1870s) 


albumen silver photograph, colour dyes
24.2 x 19.6 cm (image and sheet)


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Thomas Dixon, Member, 2001
2001.193

    Felice BEATO (attributed to)
    No title (Samurai warrior) (1860s-1870s)
    albumen silver photograph, colour dyes
    24.2 x 19.6 cm (image and sheet)
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Presented through the NGV Foundation by Thomas Dixon, Member, 2001
    2001.193