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

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

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

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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 in the form of a crab claw, the black lacquered peak with hammered brow, the turnbacks pierced with Nine Luminaries crests (kuyo mon), the black lacquer neck guard laced with close-spaced variegated lacing (iroiro odoshi) in orange and white braid, gilt wood forecrest (maedate) in the form of the character ‘dai’, the simulated russet iron (sabiji-nuri) lacquered iron face mask with fierce expression (ressei mempo), wrinkled face and open mouth, detachable nose plate, silver lacquer teeth, red lacquer interior the three-tiered throat protector laced in matching braid, accompanied with a plain wood stand as illustrated


The helmet when mounted on a stand: 53 cm., 20⅞ in. high (including fittings)

Overall there is some surface wear to the black lacquer of the helmet including cracks, scratches, some areas of old restoration and lifting, the black lacquer faded with age to a rich brown colour with some small areas of black lacquer restoration, commensurate with the age and use of the helmet, the neck guard with a few minor chips to the black lacquered iron lamellae, the black lacquer to the underside with some re-lacquering, face mask with surface rust and wear to the lacquer, some chips and slight crazing, some lacquer losses to the edges of the lamellae.


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