14 November 2001,
Price realised GBP 7,638
GBP 8,000 - GBP 10,000
A GOOD KAGA MYOCHIN EBOSHI KABUTO [HELMET IN THE FORM OF A COURT CAP]
Signed Munetaka, Mid-Edo Period (18th Century)
The large well formed hachi [bowl] of four main plates unusual in being joined both vertically and horizontally, the surface black-lacquered, signed Munetaka, to the front the russet-iron mabisashi [peak] edged with iron fukurin and overlaid with a plum branch and blossom in high relief, to the rear an iron kasa jirushi no kan [ring] on a pierced plum-blossom plate, the black-lacquered iron Hineno-itamono-jikoro [neck guard] laced with dark blue sugake-odoshi-itamono [spaced lacing], the lower plate leather covered with hishinui [cross knots] in white and blue stepped alternately in groups of five, the fukigaeshi [turn-backs] of russet-iron edged with iron fukurin and bearing an omodaka [water plantain] mon [crest] pierced in iron, together with an associated shachihoko [grotesque fish] sugake-odoshi-maedate [forecrest], slight cracking to lacquer
12.5 x 13 x 15in. (31.3 x 33 x 38.1cm.)
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This helmet exhibits in detail and style the work of the Kaga branch of the Myochin family of armourers who excelled in fine metalwork and distinctive, if somewhat eccentric, styling.
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