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A kawari kabuto [unusually shaped helmet] and mempo [face mask] | Edo period, 17th - 18th century, with later additions

The Charlier and Cortina Collection of Exotic Samurai Helmets and Armour

A kawari kabuto [unusually shaped helmet] and mempo [face mask] | Edo period, 17th - 18th century, with later additions

A kawari kabuto [unusually shaped helmet] and mempo [face mask] | Edo period, 17th - 18th century, with later additions

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The Charlier and Cortina Collection of Exotic Samurai Helmets and Armour

A kawari kabuto [unusually shaped helmet] and mempo [face mask]

Edo period, 17th - 18th century


the black lacquered iron bowl applied to the apex with harikake in the form of a cloth cap (sozukin), the black lacquer peak with hammered brow, black lacquer turnbacks, four-tiered black lacquered neck guard with solid plates (itamono-jikoro) with spaced lacing (sugake odoshi) in pale green braid, later circular gold and black lacquer forecrest (maedate) applied with a wild boar, later red lacquered lateral crests (wakidate) applied with horse hair, the later rear crests (ushirodate) in the form of slender iris leaves (barin), lacquered simulated russet iron (sabiji-nuri) face mask with fierce expression (ressei mempo), flared nostrils and open mouth, detachable nose plate, yak hair moustache, red lacquer interior, four-tiered solid plate throat protector laced in matching braid, accompanied with a plain wood stand as illustrated


The helmet when mounted on a stand: 75 cm., 29½ in. high (including fittings)

The black lacquer has some areas of restoration with some patches particularly to the rear and the top back edge, as can be seen in the illustration, there is a vertical crack to the side of the helmet in two places, as can be seen in the illustration the peak has an area of restoration beneath the maedate, the turnbacks have slight chips to the edges and are slightly loose, the neck guard has a few minor cracks to the edges, the later ushirodate well worn and repaired in places, the underside of the neck guard has some areas of restoration to the black lacquer, the face mask has wear to the edges, the chin tuft is lacking.


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