Carved out of copper alloy with details highlighted in gold.
Dome 18 x 19 x 26 cm
Helmet 2247 grams
With meadate 2271 grams
Iron, steel, brass, silk, cotton, copper, gold, lacquer
Meadate: wood and lacquer
Late 16th to early 17th century
Imported from Japan
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A Japanese russet iron suji-kabuto (ridged helmet) with a 62-plate riveted dome of nari akoda shape with a lower front and a higher raised back. Each rib is carefully formed from a folded plate.
The mabizashi (visor) with a lacquered finish imitating the iron, it has mayu; simulated eyebrows that are first seen on the Jurchen helmets of Manchuria.
The shikoro (neck protection) is of hineno shape with small fukigaeshi on the front. This is typical for the late 16th to early 17th century.
Ribbed helmets such as these were expensive and worn by upper-class samurai.
It comes with an associated maedate of deerhorn form, made of wood and lacquered gold over a red ground. Much of the gold now worn, exposing the red base layer.
The helmet is entirely in original condition with no restorations or repairs. Some cracks and losses to the lacquer, and some snapped and missing silk straps. The maedate has been broken in two places and was glued together. See photos.
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