A rare and impressive nanban kabuto [European style helmet] and mempo [face mask] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century
A rare and impressive nanban kabuto [European style helmet] and mempo [face mask]
Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century
the fine patinated russet iron nanban bowl with standing rivets and diamond shaped openwork to the apex, inlaid in silver with foliate scrolls in European manner, hammered with a horin [Dharmachakra; dharma wheel], tomoe and manji, nawame fukruin [ornamental border with rope impression], the russet iron mabisashi [peak] with stylised clouds, four-tiered black lacquer shikoro [neck guard] with kebiki-odoshi [close-spaced lacing] with dark blue braid, gold lacquered wood maedate [forecrest] in the form of a squirrel with yak hair tail, inset eyes, the russet iron ressei mempo [face mask with fierce expression] forged with deep wrinkles, flared nostrils and open mouth, silver lacquer teeth, red lacquer interior, four-tiered yodaregake [throat protector] laced in matching braid
The bowl to peak: 30 cm., 11¾ in.
The shikoro to peak: 35 cm., 13¾ in.
The mempo: 16.5 cm., 6½ in.
The helmet bowl with some slight wear to the dark patination overall, small areas of surface rust, the turnbacks with some slight rubbing to lacquer. the neck guard with some chips to the black lacquer false lamellae, the underside of the peak with some chips, cracks and losses to the red lacquer, the face mask with surface rust and wear to the patination overall particularly to the underside, repair to the cord holder, the red lacquer to the interior worn with chips and cracking, slight nocks and small losses to edges, the throat protector with some chips to the false lamellae.
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