A good Japanese helmet bowl suji-bachi
A good Japanese helmet bowl suji-bachi, 16th century, mumei. Formed from 60 plates each with a flanged edge. The peak (mabisashi) is fitted with an iron socket (oharai-date) secured by an ornamental brass rivet of chrysanthemum form. The hole in the crown is lined with elaborate mounts (tehen no kanamono) in various soft metals, some of which are gilded. The helmet is fitted with 4 small iron pegs (shiten-no-byo) above 4 small holes (hibiki-no-ana). The helmet retains some black lacquer to the inside and the brim (koshimaki), and the underside of the peak is red lacquered. the helmet has good age patina overall and has not been cleaned.
Weight 3lbs 10ozs (1.65kg)
Provenance: Ex Collection H. Russell Robinson. Note: for further details of these helmets see "The Manufacture of Armour and Helmets in 16th Century Japan" by Sakakibara Kozan, edited by H. Russell Robinson, Holland Press 1962