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A Momonari kabuto [peach shaped helmet] | Edo period, 17th century

VAT reduced rateUK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

The Property of a European Collector

A Momonari kabuto [peach shaped helmet] | Edo period, 17th century

A Momonari kabuto [peach shaped helmet] | Edo period, 17th century

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

Lot sold:

50,400

GBP

The Property of a European Collector

A Momonari kabuto [peach shaped helmet]

Edo period, 17th century 


the peach shaped iron helmet decorated overall in black lacquer with later gold and silver nashiji to the rim, the peak decorated in gold hiramaki-e on a nashiji ground with karakusa, the shikoro [neck guard] and turnbacks in red lacquer, the wakidate in the form of clam shells of wood decorated in gold, red and black lacquer 

The bowl to peak: 22.5 cm., 8 ⅞ in.  

The shikoro to peak: 26 cm., 10 ¼ in. 

Overall with some restoration to the black lacquer and to the nashiji, some slight surface wear, the red lacquer turnbacks with minor cracks, the shikoro with some wear to the silk braid, the clam shell wakidate with some wear to the surface including scratches and minor cracks as can be seen in the illustration, the maedate with slight crack to the red lacquer.


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Guiseppe Piva, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, (Milan, 2009), no. 38, pg. 90-91.
Palazo Reale, Milan, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, 2009.
The peach-shaped helmet was popular in the Momoyama period because swords and arrows were easily deflected off its smooth surfaces. The shape was influenced by Spanish-style morions with their smooth solid plates forming each side with a central crest running down the middle. 

Kuroda Nagemasa (1568-1623) a leading military figure in the late sixteenth century wore a similar helmet at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.