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Helmet

Date:
5th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Iron, copper, gold
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.60.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377
This rare Japanese helmet was excavated in Ise Province, Mie Prefrecture. The type of construction—horizontal rings to which rectangular scales are riveted—was probably importated from China or Korea. Most helmets of this type were made of iron, but some were made of gilt copper, probably for ceremonial display. This example is unusual because it combines both materials.
Excavated at Choja zuka, Sakume, Asami mura, inami gun, Ise province. Ex coll.: Seki Yasunosuke.
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