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A rare and impressive awabi-nari uchidashi kabuto [a shell-shaped helmet with repoussé] and associated mempo [face mask] | The helmet Momoyama – Edo period, late 16th – early 17th century , the associated mempo later

The Charlier and Cortina Collection of Exotic Samurai Helmets and Armour

A rare and impressive awabi-nari uchidashi kabuto [a shell-shaped helmet with repoussé] and associated mempo [face mask] | The helmet Momoyama – Edo period, late 16th – early 17th century , the associated mempo later

A rare and impressive awabi-nari uchidashi kabuto [a shell-shaped helmet with repoussé] and associated mempo [face mask] | The helmet Momoyama – Edo period, late 16th – early 17th century , the associated mempo later

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The Charlier and Cortina Collection of Exotic Samurai Helmets and Armour

A rare and impressive awabi-nari uchidashi kabuto [a shell-shaped helmet with repoussé] and associated mempo [face mask]

The helmet Momoyama – Edo period, late 16th – early 17th century, the associated mempo later


the two-plate iron bowl joined with a central raised ridge and hammered in the form of a shell, the slightly raised peak with red lacquer underside and traces of gold pigment, the red lacquer turnbacks in tataki-nuri, the four-tiered simulated russet iron (sabiji-nuri) lacquered neck guard, the bottom tier in red tataki-nuri with spaced leather lacing, the forecrest (maedate) decorated in gold, red and black lacquer and applied with horse hair in the form of a shikami, red lacquered iron face mask with fierce expression (ressei mempo), deep wrinkles and open mouth, broad horsehair moustache and chin tuft, silver lacquer teeth, red lacquer interior, three-tiered throat protector with close-spaced lacing (kebiki odoshi) in blue braid, accompanied with a plain wood stand as illustrated


The helmet when mounted on a stand: 54.5 cm., 21½ in. high (including fittings)

The iron bowl has a rich patination with some surface rust, slight pitting and wear in particular to the central raised ridge, the edges of which are worn and with slight iron loss commensurate to the age and use of the helmet, the peak with slight wear to the red lacquer decoration, the neck guard with some wear overall, the red lacquer would benefit from being cleaned, the maedate with slight chips to the interior edge of the shikami, one fang replaced, the mask with slight chips and wear overall to the red lacquer and a small area of restoration to the nose.


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Koelliker Collection

Guiseppe Piva, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, (Milan, 2009), no. 50, p. 102.


Palazo Reale, Milan, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, 2009.

For a different example of an awabi uchidashi kabuto, see L. John Anderson et al., Art of Armor: Samurai Armor From The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, (Connecticut, 2011), no. 39, pg. 192.