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Collection George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
Title Helmet
Object ID GWVS-15.23.7
Object Name Armor
Description Kabuto
Iron bowl consisting of 32 lames covered with red lacquer, ridges covered with shakudo. At base of bowl is a band of shakudo with cloud form edge and boar's eye. Signature "Yeisho 16th year of hare (1519). Made by Miochin Nobuiye" inside bowl of helmet back and front, date at back. Nape Defense: Earliest type, three lames of scales laced with blue braid in kebiki style, bottom lame laced with two rows of hishinui and one row of multi-colored braid (uname). Two top lames turned back at front forming Fukigayeshi and covered with stencilled leather (peony and lion pattern). Rim covered with shakudo which is carved with floral scroll (karakusa). Crest: Butterfly carved in shakudo background fine nanako (butterfly crest belonged to Ikeda, Lord of Inaba). Visor covered with leather same as fukigayeshi. Reverse covered with red lacquer, edges of shakudo with flower scroll. Crest holder (rectangular tube) riveted to center of visor. Antlers and ornament do not belong to this helmet. Note: Considered Japanese national treasure.
Mr. Ogawa's Notes, 2000:
Signature: Miyochin Nobuie (16th c.) who is one of the most famous armorers, the bowl of helmet is original with later neck guards, ornament, and red lacquer paint (late 18th to early 19th c.), helmets were often made this way, 32 ridges make up bowl of helmet, all metal fittings made of Shakudo (copper and gold alloy that makes jet black color), except for ornamentation(Haridate), underside of helmet bowel is painted with red lacquer (very unique), the Mabisashi and lukikashi (folded back sections) are made of stenciled doe skin with design of peony and Shishi lion, Shobugawa type of doe skin on outer edges, neck guard has overlapping scales joined with indigo thread, 1st plate of neck guard is threaded with multicolored threads (orange is supposed to purple/orange and is called Hiiro, white, blue/purple and green thread is called Hishinui), 2 family badges of butterfly on earpiece (Fukikaeshi) which are made of Shakudo and gold gilt (Nanako base),m represents Lord of Bizen - Okayama, the front ornament is called the Dwagata Dai (with open work in peony design), the helmet has removable liner, under the linter is the signature. Rated 1
Artist Nobuie, Myochin
Publisher's Seal x
Date 1519
Medium Metal
Credit line George Walter Vincent Smith Collection
On Exhibit Yes, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum