AVAILABLE - A Japanese Hoshi Samurai Kabuto
A Hoshi Bachi Kabuto [Helmet]
Momoyama /Edo Period (Late 16th/ Early 17th century)
An early iron sixty-two-plate Koboshi Bachi [helmet bowl with small standing rivet heads] with a wash of kuro urushi nuri [black lacquer], very well made, the russet-iron mabizashi [peak] featuring a horned demon face in high relief uchidashi [repoussé] with eyes in brass and silver. Rising from the helmet a nimbus of fire in the form of wakidate [side crest] known as zukou [head light]. In Buddhism the flames signify 'the purification of the mind from material desires and the power to consume the evil and defilement in the world.’ Intricately pierced and finished in cha-urushi-nuri [brown lacquer]. Unique matching russet-iron fukigaeshi [turnbacks] denoting that the wakidate are original to the kabuto but relacquered as part of a restoration.
The yellow kebiki-odoshi [close-spaced lacing] five-lame hineno-jikoro [close-fitting neck-guard] of kiritsuke-kozane [imitation lamellae] is finished in the expensive byaku-dan style, where kinpaku [gold leaf] is applied to the surfaces of the lames. the lames are then brushed with a layer of tome-urushi [translucent lacquer] which results in the highly distinctive rich orange color. The rear of the kabuto sports a kasa jirushi [ring] for securing a helmet flag to the hachi, common among high ranking samurai.
The hachi has a well-crafted five-tier tehen-kanamono [fitting at the top of the bowl] of gilt copper and brass.
Note: Some restoration
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