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The six plates of the russet iron helmet (kabuto) each overlaid by another, of pierced lattice-form, having a raised and lightly hammered edge, raised rivets and inlaid silver decoration of karakusa (Chinese grass).
A broader, lower section is present on these applied plates, the division between it and the latticework inlaid with a band of silver 'Greek key' motifs, similar to the Japanese sayagata pattern; this lower section of the applied plate with damascened (nunomezøogan) silver and gold decoration of stylised Buddhist swords (ken) and storage jars (possibly for sake), above each of which is a family crest (kamon) of intersected diamond-shapes. These larger areas of decoration are applied in silver and gold leaf, the 'exotic' nature of both the shape and decoration of the helmet enhanced by the possibly mainland Asian style of decoration.
The gently curving rim of the helmet with an applied edge (fukurin) and, on the upper surfaces, a decoration of four applied and riveted, thin, cut iron plates with an outline similar to that of a fleur-de-lys, the heads of the rivets flush with the surface of the plates. The underside of the rim lacquered red, with a metal band for the fittings of the neck-protector (shikoro) traditionally found on Japanese helmets, the metal band having remains of black lacquer on the inner surface.
|Location of Origin: Japan|
|Medium/Materials: iron, silver|
|Dimensions: Height: 19.5 cm / 7.7 inches; Width: 27 cm / 10.6 inches; Depth: 33 cm / 13 inches (without mount)|
|Primary Classification: Antique guns, Antique Swords for Sale|
|Literature:Charbonnier, J.C., Casques, Masques et Armures des Seigneurs de l’Ancienne Japon (Paris, 2003), pp. 56-57.Galerie Robert Burawoy, Paris, Armes Japonaises dans les collections privées françaises (Paris, 1977), p. 25.|
|Provenance: J. Supporta Collection, with R. Burawoy, Paris, 1977|
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