On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377

This rare Japanese helmet was excavated in Ise Province, Mie Prefecture. The type of construction—horizontal rings to which rectangular scales are riveted—was probably imported 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.

#4417. Helmet

Helmet, Iron, copper, gold, Japanese

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