Samurai Helmet Ornament


From: Japan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 19879G
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Japanese
Provenience Japan
Section Asian
Materials Metal | Lacquer | Gilding | Pigment
Technique Lacquered | Gilded | Painted
Iconography Flowers

Stylized horns (kuwagata) that attach to a samurai helmet. There are two gold inserts that fit into a base and extend outward, each with a small heart shape (inome) cut out from the upper portion. The surface of the horns is painted gold while the U-shaped base is painted black with a flower design in gold. The base extends upward to an oval section with two holes cut out, forming a sword hilt. The reverse has a cavity where the sword ornament inserts (19789H). In the center of the base, on the backside, is a rectangular recess where the kuwagata fits onto a post on a helmet (19879A).

Height 7 cm
Length 36 cm
Width 22 cm
Credit Line Purchased from G. T. Marsh and Co; subscription of Mrs. Phebe A. Hearst, 1897
Other Number 38 - Other Number | I:1 - Other Number

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