10th Century - 1950
Samurai helmet. Lacquered metal head covering. Lacquered strips protecting back of neck joined to base of back side of helmet and each other with blue silk cording. Bill is metal with patterned cloth covering. Metal cloth covered flaps to either side with mon circle and orange cording. Mon is the butterfly crest of the Taira clan. The same crest was used by the Ikeda family of Okayama. The horns on either side of the central crest are missing. Interior lined with orange cloth. Orange padded cords. Japanese characters on bill and left flap.
Received from various sources, pre-1998
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