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An Etchu-nari kabuto [Etchu style helmet] and a Myochin school mempo [face mask] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century

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An Etchu-nari kabuto [Etchu style helmet] and a Myochin school mempo [face mask] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century

An Etchu-nari kabuto [Etchu style helmet] and a Myochin school mempo [face mask] | Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century

The Property of a European Collector

An Etchu-nari kabuto [Etchu style helmet] and a Myochin school mempo [face mask]

Momoyama - Edo period, late 16th - early 17th century 


the richly patinated russet iron bowl of three-plate Etchu type zunari [head-shaped] form], terminating in a four-stage copper-gilt and shakudo tehen kanamono of typical chrysanthemum form, the mabisashi [peak] with hammered brow, the large black lacquered leather fukigaeshi [turnbacks] applied with copper-gilt maru ni ichimonji mon [encircled one crest], four-tiered black lacquer shikoro [neck guard] with sugake odoshi [spaced lacing] in dark blue braid, the gold lacquered maedate [forecrest] in the form of a dragon (illustrated) and another in the form of a stylised crescent moon, the red lacquered iron mempo [face mask] forged in one piece with wrinkled face, prominent jaw and mouth slightly ajar, black lacquer interior, two-tiered yodaregake [throat protector] with kebiki odoshi [close-spaced lacing] in matching braid and stenciled doeskin with cherry blossoms, this lot is sold with a wood helmet stand as illustrated


The bowl to peak: 28 cm., 11 in. 

The shikoro to peak: 35 cm., 13¾ in. 

The mempo: 16 cm., 6¼ in. 

There is some slight surface wear to the patinated iron, consistent with age and use of the object, the black lacquer to the neck guard is cracked with small areas restored and a few slight losses, the forecrest is cracked on both sides and repaired to the reverse, the right-hand side has probably been in two pieces, re-joined, the gold lacquer is worn revealing the black beneath, the red lacquer to the mask is slightly worn in places and there has been some touching in to the edges particularly on the chin.


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The encircled 'one' character crest (maru ni ichimonji mon) is associated with the Tanuma family, daimyo of Shimotsuke in Totomi Province.