A good Japanese helmet bowl Hoshi-bachi
A good Japanese helmet bowl Hoshi-bachi of Tenkokuzan ('heavenly mountain valley') form, mid 16th Century, mumei. Formed from 62 plates each secured by 30 pointed rivet heads (muku boshi) and graduated in size. The peak (mabisashi) is fitted with an iron socket (oharai-date). The hole in the crown is lined with elaborate mounts (tehen no kanemono) in soft metals mainly gilt and silvered. Black lacquered overall outside, the inside has a transparent lacquer, and the underside of the peak is red lacquered. The helmet has good age patina overall and has not been cleaned.
Weight 3lbs (1.36kg)
Provenance: Ex Collection H. Russell Robinson, illustrated by him in the following publication Pl. XI F which should be consulted for further information. Note: for further details see "The Manufacture of Armour and Helmets in 16th Century Japan" by Sakakibara Kozan, edited H. Russell Robinson, Holland Press 1962