Helmet (Hoshi Kabuto) and Mask with Gorget


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377

During the Edo period (1615–1868), there was a conscious revival of medieval armor fashions, and this helmet is an instructive example. It was fashioned in the thirteenth-century style, and it certainly was made to accompany an armor of medieval yoroi fashion. The metal fittings on the helmet include the badge of the Hota family, daimyo (lords) of Sakura.

Helmet (<i>Hoshi Kabuto</i>) and Mask with Gorget, Iron, lacquer, gilt copper, leather, silk, Japanese

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