Hikone Kabuto (helmet) with red lacquer - ROM2006_7137_4


Hikone Kabuto (helmet) with red lacquer

Medium:Wrought iron or steel, lacquered
Geography: Japan
Date: late 17th century (?)
Period: Edo period
30 x 33.5 x 35 cm
Object number: 911.13.14
Not on view
DescriptionThe helmet was regarded as the most significant and symbolic component of Japanese armour. It traditionally consisted of a low basin constructed of vertical iron plates riveted together, with a deep neck-guard and broad doeskin side-wings. High-ranking samurai added striking ornamental horns to their helmets as a display of authority. Red-lacquered armour is referred to as Hikone type, as the Ii family of the Hikone province (now Shiga prefecture) was famous for its striking red armour. This helmet was made in a style typical of the 16th century, with minimum decoration for practical use on the battlefield.
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