Object Title

Helmet

Helmet

Date

1400-1499

Object Number

XXVIA.316

Provenance

Purchased from Oriental Antique Art, 19/10/99. Formerly in the collection of the Mononofu-no-Sato Museum, Hakone.

Physical Description

The bowl of the helmet is moulded from a single piece of moulded rawhide, vertical at the rim them stepping inwards to the rounded bowl that terminates in a large hole with a vertical rim. At the back, this rim extends upwards and arches over the hole in the helmet at is pierced with a pair of holes. Attached to the brim of the bowl is a peak made of 10 concave scales externally laced together with thongs. The neckguard is of four rows of scales laced externally with thongs, the lowest row having 24 concave scales. On either side of the neckguard, and extending beyond its forward edge, are plate earflaps, the rear and lower edges being shaped with curves. The centre part of these flaps are embossed outwards, developing into a spiral at the base. The entire surface of the hide has been coted in a dark lacquer with circular designs on the bowl and flaps in red and yellow.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 460mm; width: 310mm; depth: 310mm Weight: 1150g

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places China (Lolo)

Notes

A similar helmet is in the Field Museum in Chicago.