Object Title

Helmet

Helmet

Date

1571-1599

Object Number

XXVIA.59

Provenance

Presented 1961.

Physical Description

This helmet is of rounded conical form with a skull of black laquered rawhide mounted in an iron frame. The rounded cap is set with a vertical plume tube and decorated with silver, as is the peak. Below the peak is a brow plate cusped over the eyes.
The neck guard and cheek pieces are of identical size and form with a rounded bottom edge of yellow fabric lined with blue hemp cloth between which are small plates of rawhide attached by brass headed rivets. There are ties of yellow fabric for securing the helmet under the chin.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The diameter of the bowl is 220 mm, the heightis approx 330 mm. Weight: The weight of the helmet is 2.4 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Korea

Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 171

Notes

Another almost identical helmet is preserved at the Itsukushima Jinja near Hiroshima, Japan, where it is recorded as a relic of the Mongol invasion; it is much more likely to have been brought back from Hidyoshi's invasions of Korea in the 1590s.