Deconstructing samurai armour: ASMR

Join conservators Dana Melchar, Robert Mitchell and Roisin Morris as they work as a team to dismantle a delicate 18th-century suit of samurai armour, so that it can be transported to Young V&A.

Rather than being used for battle, this armour was a decorative piece, worn when the feudal lords would march from their home domain to Edo (present day Tokyo), to meet and stay with the Tokugawa shogun (military leader). The long journey provided a perfect opportunity for extravagant procession, where they showcased their social status and personal tastes – as seen through the armour.

Watch and listen as Dana, Robert and Roisin carefully untie intricate knots and take photographs to document the process, so that the armour can be correctly reconstructed once moved.

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Suit of armour, made by Haruta Tamba, 1741, Japan. Museum no. M.979:1-1928. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London