11 November 2008
THE PROPERTY OF A COLLECTOR
A FINE SIXTY-TWO PLATE HOSHI KABUTO MOUNTED WITH A RARE DOUBLE SHIKORO
SIGNED JOSHU (NO) JU SAOTOME IECHIKA, EDO PERIOD (17TH-18TH CENTURY)
The russet iron hachi [helmet bowl] formed of sixty-four plates with concisely spaced suji [ridges], each plate with a row of thirty three small rivets, the iron mabisashi [peak] lacquered with gold mura nashiji depicting flying plovers in gold hiramaki-e, a rare double shikoro [neck guard] formed of an upper section with four bands of brown-lacquered iron, the lower band with a shakudo fukurin [edging], the top two bands turned back forming the fukigaeshi [turnbacks] with two applied shakudo kuyo [nine-circled] mon, the lower section of five bands of iron lacquered black on the under surfaces, and on the upper surfaces gold nashiji with plovers matching that on the mabisashi, the whole laced with red braid
The helmet is contained in a box inscribed to the effect that it was a family treasure for successive generations of the Tozawa family and was formally in the possession of Viscount Tozawa.
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The name Iechika of Joshu (Hitachi Province) is recorded in genealogies of the Saotome, one of the leading schools of armourers from the Momoyama and into the Edo period
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
This helmet was exhibited in Habikino City Gallery (Osaka) on 21st March - 23rd May.
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