An impressive iron kawari kabuto (eccentrically shaped helmet) in the shape of a conch shell Edo period (18th century)

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An impressive iron kawari kabuto (eccentrically shaped helmet) in the shape of a conch shell
Edo period (18th century)

Sold for US$ 377,000 inc. premium

Arts of the Samurai

8 Oct 2013, 13:00 EDT

New York

An impressive iron kawari kabuto (eccentrically shaped helmet) in the shape of a conch shell
Edo period (18th century)
The russet iron helmet hammered up from a single sheet of iron and worked on the surface to resemble a large conch shell, the mabizashi formed by the lip of the shell and lacquered red, fitted with a five-lame solid shikoro lacquered gold and laced in red and applied with gilt-copper chrysanthemum rivets

With Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo certificate no. 1116 issued by the Nihon Katchu Bugu Kenkyu Hozon Kai (Society for the Preservation of Japanese Armor), dated 2012.11.25
10 5/8in (27cm) high, the bowl

Footnotes

  • The conch shell has long been associated with the military elite in Japan. It was used as a signal horn by both warriors in battle and by Buddhist monks in calls to prayer.

    For a nearly identical example in the collection of Kurimoto Kiyotsugu, Hiroshima, see Japan House Gallery, Spectacular Helmets of Japan : 16th-19th century, exh. cat., (New York: 1985), pg. 106, no. 37.
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An impressive iron kawari kabuto (eccentrically shaped helmet) in the shape of a conch shell Edo period (18th century)
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