Metal artifacts from Old Ryukyu era:
Chain or plate armor (kusarikatabira) sewn on a base made of padded cloth or between two layers of fabric. Shuri Sasu-no-Ma excavation.
Ferrules called habaki were attached at the base of the blade to ensure a snug fit with the scabbard. Shuri Hokuden excavation.
Small longish metal plate called kozane, used for for scale armor. Shuri excavation.
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