East Meets West Edited by Thom Richardson
This academic publication contains the latest in fascinating research on a wide variety of arms and armour including the Tokugawa Japanese gift armours, Maximilian helmet and the Dardanelles Gun which were given as diplomatic gifts between Asia and Europe.
East Meets West was a conference hosted by the Royal Armouries held at the Tower of London to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Anglo-Japanese relations in conjunction with various organisations and events including Japan400 and the London Matsuri Festival.
The anniversary is of particular importance to the Royal Armouries as the only material remains of the first diplomatic meeting in 1613, are two armours given by the Shogun of Japan, Tokugawa Hidetada to King James, which are displayed at the Royal Armouries museum, one at Tower of London and the other in Leeds.
Edited by Thom Richardson, the book contains seven research papers including:
Japanese gifts of armour to Spain in the sixteenth century and the Tokugawa Japanese gift armours to James I and the European courts by Ian Bottomley, Curator Emeritus of Oriental collections at the Royal Armouries
Maximilian and the gift armour to Henry VIII by Graeme Rimer, Academic Director of the Royal Armouries Museum
Gifts of Arms from the Stuart Court to Spain and Russia and Japan by Guy Wilson, former Master of the Armouries
A Diplomatic Gift Full of Surprises Eveline Sint Nicolaas, Curator of History at the Rijksmuseum The East India Company Gift to the Tower of London in 1851 by Thom Richardson the Keeper of Armour and Oriental Collections & Natasha Bennett, Assistant curator of Oriental Collections at the Royal Armouries
The Gift of the Dardanelles Gun by Abdulaziz to queen Victoria by Nicholas Hall, keeper of Artillery at Fort Nelson
Diplomatic Gifts of Japanese Arms and Armour in the Nineteenth Century by Gregory Irvine, senior curator of Japanese art at the V&A
This conference proceeding provides fantastic accounts of diplomatic gifts given between Europe and Asia during 17th and 19th centuries.Written by academics that are truly passionate about their research and featuring beautiful, high quality images throughout this book would be a fantastic choice for any arms and armour enthusiast.
Publisher: Royal Armouries
Editor: Thom Richardson
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