• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 69

    AN ARCHAISTIC HOSHI KABUTO (Helmet)

    EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY)

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    AN ARCHAISTIC HOSHI KABUTO (Helmet)
    Edo period (18th-19th century)
    The twenty-two-iron-plate hoshi-bachi ("star bowl," alluding to the protruding rivets) of rounded form with an outward-sloping koshi-ita, and a large tehen no ana in Heian- and Kamakura- period style, the wide and gently curving kasa-jikoro ("straw hat," or "umbrella"-shape neck guard) of green, white and red lacing with red hishi-nui (decorative cross-knots) around the lower of three tiers of kittsukezane (sheet cut to give the appearance of individual scales laced together), the large fukigaeshi with roundels implying family mon, with two gilt kuwagata (stylized horns)


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