A Kawari kabuto [unusually shaped helmet] | Edo period, 17th - 18th century
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A Kawari kabuto [unusually shaped helmet]
Edo period, 17th - 18th century
the iron bowl in the form of a turbo shell realistically rendered, the turnbacks and peak decorated in Dutch leather and oil litharge with birds and chrysanthemums, the shikoro [neck guard] of three tiers with spaced lacing, the maedate wood with gold and black lacquer in the form of stag antlers with a central boar's eye
The bowl to peak: 31 cm., 12 ¼ in.
The shikoro to peak: 38 cm., 15 in.
Overall in good condition, with some old wear and rubbing to the iron consistent with the age and use of the object, there are some small areas re-lacquered to the underside of the shikoro, the maedate has some small old cracks, consistent with age and use and as can be seen in the illustration.
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The shell of the turbo is spiked to protect against predators, and such helmets were thus thought to give the wearer confidence and disquiet his enemies. The shape of the bowl, hammered and made from a single sheet of iron, is typical of the Ryoei school.
For a similar example of a kawari kabuto rendered in the form of a turbo shell, see Robert T. Singer, Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868, (New Haven, 1998), no. 74, pg. 139.