Firefighter's Suit (Kaji shōzoku)

火事装束

late 1700s
Location: not on view
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Wool has self-extinguishing properties that protect the wearer from fire.

Description

Wood architecture in densely populated areas made firefighting a frequent occurrence in the Edo period (1615–1868). Jackets made of leather or wool offered firefighters protection against the flames. Wool was imported from Europe. The triple ring crest in white is of the “three alternating rings” (mitsurin chigai) type framed in a tortoise shell (kikko) motif, and identified the house with which the wearer was affiliated.
Firefighter's Suit (Kaji shōzoku)

Firefighter's Suit (Kaji shōzoku)

late 1700s

Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

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