A kawari kabuto with long animal hair and large maedate
Lot 6127
An unusual helmet (kawari kabuto) Edo period, 18th century
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A kawari kabuto with long animal hair and large maedate
Lot Details
An unusual helmet (kawari kabuto)
Edo period, 18th century
The iron bowl applied with a long mane of yak hair, the mabisashi lacquered gold, fitted with a five-lame shikoro lacquered gold and finished with a pebbled surface, the fukigaeshi finished to match, both trimmed with shakudo fukurin, the large silver-lacquer maedate designed as an openwork coin with the characters Eiraku tsuho

Footnotes

  • The maedate on this helmet is designed after a coin. The design was co-opted by Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) and used as his battle standard. Popular legend has it that Nobunaga adopted the coin design after an incident at Atsuta shrine in Nagoya. When visiting the shrine to pray for victory in the upcoming Battle of Okehazama (1560), Nobunaga asked the gods to show him a sign of their support. After throwing a handful of coins in the air, they all landed with the eiraku tsuho side up. This he took as a positive omen and confidently went on to victory. From then on he flew the eiraku tsuho standard in battle.
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