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Helmet (Hoshi Kabuto)

14th century
Iron, lacquer, leather, silk, copper-gold alloy (shakudō)
H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); W. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 3 oz. (3120 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914
Accession Number:
Not on view
The helmet bowl, constructed of thirty-two iron plates, dates from the fourteenth century but was remounted for use in the eighteenth century. The metal fittings on the turnbacks of the neck guard include the badge (a cross within a circle) of the Shimazu family, daimyo of Kagoshima.
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