Exhibitions/ Art Object

Exotic Helmet with Tengu Mask and Crows

19th century
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
Beginning in the sixteenth century, armorers contrived eccentrically shaped helmets (kawari kabuto), sometimes fashioned of papier-mâché mixed with lacquer, or, as here, entirely of iron. Their shapes often were inspired by images from traditional Japanese culture and mythology. Here, the face is the mythical tengu (mischievous mountain spirit) with a beak-shaped mouth, flanked on each side by embossed crows.
Carl Robert Lamm, Stockholm (until February 22, 1923; his sale, The American Art Association, New York, February 21–24, 1923, no. 501, for $25 to Stone); George Cameron Stone, New York (1923–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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