A Japanese lacquered helmet suji-kabuto
A Japanese lacquered helmet suji-kabuto of koshozan ('high victory mountain') form, the bowl (hachi) formed from 60 plates, probably 17th or 18th century, mumei. The hole in the crown is lined with elaborate mounts (tehen no kanemono) in various soft metals most of which are gilded. The 5 plated shikoro of lacquered iron is laced with dark blue silk, and the fukigaeshi are lacquered in gold with a Mon. the bowl is black lacquered outside, translucent lacquered inside, and the underside of the peak is red lacquered. The lining has been removed, and the bowl is of earlier date than the rest. The helmet has good age patina and has not been cleaned.
Weight 4lbs 5½ozs (1.975kgs)