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Helmet with Phoenix and Battle-Axe Ornaments
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Helmet with Phoenix and Battle-Axe Ornaments


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Description This helmet has an iron "hachi" of thirty-three riveted laminations, a "shikoro" of five plates laced in "kebiki" (spread hair) style with navy blue "ito doshi" laces, and axes as "yokodate" made from whale baleen. A Phoenix ("Ho o") serves as a "maedate;" one tail feather is missing. It is lined with rawhide.
Exhibitions
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Bunkio Matsuki Sale, A. A. Gallery, New York, February 10, 1906, no. 257; Henry Walters, Baltimore, February 10, 1906, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906

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Period
1825-1875 (late Edo)
Medium
iron, lacquer, silk, wood, baleen, rawhide
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.609
Measurements
Overall: H: 21 9/16 x W: 17 1/2 x D: 19 5/16 in. (54.8 x 44.5 x 49 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)

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