Object Title

Helmet (nasunari no kabuto hachi)

Helmet (nasunari no kabuto hachi)

Date

1671-1699

Object Number

XXVIA.73

Provenance

Acquired from Major A. D. F. White, c. 1963.

Physical Description

Rather tall skull embossed from a single plate in the form of half an abergine. The upper half of the skull is further embossed outwards to represent the pointed sections of the calyx, the surface being stippled. At the apex the plate is drawn out into a hollow stalk. Forming part of the main plate is a peak, embossed to represent two half leaves with veins, lacquered red underneath. Rivetted to the lower edge of the bowl is an almost flat koshimaki flanged pierced in three places with single holes for attaching a shikoro. The whole outer surface has been covered with sawari which has been rather over-heated with the result that the alloy has spread rather than remaining in droplets.

Dimensions

Weight: The weight of the helmet is 1.15 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Bibliographic References

H. R. Robinson, A short history of Japanese armour, London, 1965, pl. IX c.

Notes

Since Ryoei apparently never signed his work with the Myochin name, his relationship to that group is not really known. Most of his work was unsigned.