A fine Japanese helmet kabuto
A fine Japanese helmet kabuto, the 16th or 17th century unsigned bowl of 62 plates each with flush rivets, and with later fittings with gilt mounts including 4 protruding pegs, the crown surmounted by an opening with elaborate fittings (tehen kanemono) and to the rear a ring (kasajirushi no kwan) with orange silk bow. The neck guard (shikaro) of 5 black lacquered lames and blue silk lace. The peak and sidewings (fuki gayeshi) with engraved metal borders faced with leather, the helmet retains its blue silk lining with doe skin border and blue silk covered retaining cord (shinobi-no-o). This helmet is preserved in “untouched” condition.