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A rare toppai-nari kabuto [high-sided helmet] and mempo [face mask] | Edo period, 17th century

The Property of a European Collector

A rare toppai-nari kabuto [high-sided helmet] and mempo [face mask] | Edo period, 17th century

A rare toppai-nari kabuto [high-sided helmet] and mempo [face mask] | Edo period, 17th century

The Property of a European Collector

A rare toppai-nari kabuto [high-sided helmet] and mempo [face mask]

Edo period, 17th century 


the conical twelve-plate black lacquered iron bowl of toppai-nari [high-sided] form and raised ridges in European style, terminating in a four-stage copper and copper-gilt tehen kanamono of typical chrysanthemum form, black lacquer mabisashi [peak] with copper fukurin, the fukigaeshi [turnbacks], four-tiered black lacquer manju-jikoro [rounded neck guard] with sugake odoshi [space-lacing] in blue braid, gilt metal maedate [forecrest] in the form of a kiri mon [paulownia crest], the black lacquered iron ressei mempo [face mask with fierce expression] forged in one piece with deep wrinkles, flared nostrils and open mouth, horse bristle moustache and chin tuft in nanban style, red lacquer interior, five-tiered yodaregake [throat protector] in matching braid, this lot is sold with a wood helmet stand as illustrated


The bowl to peak: 28 cm., 11 in.

The shikoro to peak: 33 cm., 13 in. 

The mempo: 18 cm., 7⅛ in. wide 

Overall this is good condition consistent with the age and use of the object, there is some surface wear, minor chips in particular along the raised ridges, the peak has some minor cracks and other small knocks as can be seen in the illustration, the turnbacks have slight nicks to the rims, slight wear and minor chips to the lacquer of the neck guard, some of the silk braid worn, slight chips and wear to the underside, the face mask has some small cracks from the top into the chin and small nicks and chips to the rim, the interior of the mask with some pieces of lacquer missing revealing the iron beneath, not visible from the front.


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