In the eighteenth century, there was a conscious revival of medieval armor fashions in the thirteenth-century style of the Kamakura period, and this helmet is a very fine example. It was undoubtedly made to accompany a complete armor of medieval yoroi fashion.
Ex coll.: Bashford Dean, New York.
Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.
Granscay, S. V. "The Japanese armor gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Connoisseur 148 (1961).
Artist: Helmet bowl signed Saotome Iyetada (Japanese, Edo period, active early–mid-19th century)Date: 16th and 18th centuriesMedium: Iron, lacquer, silk, gilt copperAccession: 14.100.172On view in:Gallery 377