“At the end of the
Kamakura period, the haramaki (lit. “belly wrap”) was introduced as a
simpler form of scale armour for the low ranking samurai. Like the
dō-maru armour type, the haramaki was worn by the infantry on foot as a
lighter and simpler version of armour, in contrast to the heavy and sturdy ō-yoroi of the warrior nobles.

the 14th century, the high-ranking samurai adopted a better quality
version of the haramaki. The cuirass of the haramaki wraps around the
torso and closed down the centre line of the back.” –

Samurai Art Museum Berlin Source:



Yes, its called a gorget.

And to answer the question of @old-ordnance

they are where a lace rest, or Arrêt de Cuirass, would have been mounted.


That articulated gorget thingy on the neck, does it have a name?


A fantastically etched and gilt Cuirass,

  • Height (from floor): 62.2 in/158 cm
  • Total Weight: 6.1 lbs/2784 g

Southern Germany, ca. 1510, housed at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Rüstkammer, Dresden.

Arrêt de Cuirass