A woman dressed in junihitoe layer by layer.

A woman dressed in junihitoe layer by layer.

The Tale of Genji.  A complicated doll set depicting the Heian Era.

The Tale of Genji. A complicated doll set depicting the Heian Era.

The Tale of Genji.  A complicated doll set depicting the Heian era.

The Tale of Genji. A complicated doll set depicting the Heian era.

The Tale of Genji.  A complicated doll set depicting the Heian era.

The Tale of Genji. A complicated doll set depicting the Heian era.

The Tale of Genji.  A complex set of dolls set during the heian era.

The Tale of Genji. A complex set of dolls set during the heian era.

The Tale of Genji.  A complicated doll set depicting the Heian era.

The Tale of Genji. A complicated doll set depicting the Heian era.

The maiko on the far left is a good example of the practice of ohaguro (teeth blackening) which was common during the heian era.

The maiko on the far left is a good example of the practice of ohaguro (teeth blackening) which was common during the heian era.

The Tale of Genji.  A complicated doll set depicting the Heian Era.

The Tale of Genji. A complicated doll set depicting the Heian Era.

Tale of Genji

Tale of Genji

Tang officers from the 700s, wearing the distinctive Mingguang armor, distinguished by the twin breastplates that protected the torso, relatively lighter than the heavy lamellar armor- it was often preferred by the officer corp, these armor often marked the high status of its wearer- one of the reasons that many of the Tang dynasty tomb guardian figurines wears such armor. Early Heian era samurai helmets were influenced by these cavalry helmets- especially the cheek pieces.

Tang officers from the 700s, wearing the distinctive Mingguang armor, distinguished by the twin breastplates that protected the torso, relatively lighter than the heavy lamellar armor- it was often preferred by the officer corp, these armor often marked the high status of its wearer- one of the reasons that many of the Tang dynasty tomb guardian figurines wears such armor. Early Heian era samurai helmets were influenced by these cavalry helmets- especially the cheek pieces.

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