Momonari kabuto (peach-form helmet) with insect motifs - ROM2006_7137_1


Momonari kabuto (peach-form helmet) with insect motifs

Medium:Lacquered iron or steel
Geography: Japan
Date: early 17th c.
Period: Edo period
32 x 36 x 33 cm
Object number: 911.13.11
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. This is an example of uchidashi technique: insect designs are hammered up from the inside and engraved with details. The mountings of this peach-shaped helmet were re-lacquered in the 19th century, also during the Edo period.
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