Jinbaori Vest with Bird and Animal Designs - Originally a Persian Rug or Fabric

Silk, tapestry weave
length 99.4 cm width across shoulder: 59.4 cm.
Momoyama period, Japan
Date: circa 16th century
kept in: Kyoto National Museum, Japan
Sources: [1], [2], [3]
 لباس ژاپنی تولید شده از فرش یا پارچه صفوی - موزه ملی کیوتو- ژاپن
This jinbaori vest was made to wear over armor. This vest was woven of silk using tapestry techniques. The textile is originally a carpet made in Kashan in Safavid Persia. The design of a lion attacking his prey is a traditional motif in Persian carpets. Such carpets were imported into Japan by Portuguese ships in the Momoyama period. Placing textiles on the floor, however, was incongruous with the Japanese life style, so the Japanese rarely used them as carpets.  Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the high-spirited Momoyama-Period military ruler, tried to maintain an atmosphere of luxury even within his military camps by turning exotic textiles such as Persian carpets into jinbaori vests.