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Collection George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
Title Helmet
Object ID GWVS-15.23.5
Object Name Armor
Description Kabuto
Grotesque helmet with horny-shaped back which turns forward and continues. The karashishi, Chinese lion or "Dog of Fo" carved in relief and coated with saharizogan (a Japanese alloy) is appliqued on front of hachi (bowl of helmet) continues to form the tomoye. Plate appliqued on front of hachi is in form of mountains. Visor plate a pattern of clouds, plate from peak of honr to base shows cloud motif, palte at back of hachi is a wave motif. All are carved in relief and coated with sahari-zogan, an alloy. The nape defense is missing.
Mr. Ogawa's Notes, 2000:
Late 18th to early 19th c., unsigned (this shape normally does not have signature), constructed of 7 plates jointed with rivets and 1 stabilizing plate, top shape is wave, in center of helmet is shishi (Chinese lion) which has been hammered out and then jointed (damascened silver), the visor (Madisashi) is also damascened silver with wave pattern, from top to bottom of back is special ornament: possibly wave design (silver damascened), the loop on top would hold ribbon or sign of combat group, neck guards are missing, the crescent-shaped decoration on front is removable and called a Maedat, it is copper with silver gilt, shape of helmet could be a peach (Momonari), lacquer protective coating. Rated 1
Publisher's Seal x
Date 18th century
Medium Steel
Credit line George Walter Vincent Smith Collection
On Exhibit Yes, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum