Description Helmets of this shape were inspired by European helmets. This example suggests a snow capped Mt. Fuji. It has 65 plates and pointed rivets; the metal bars ("yokodate") at either side were probably added in the 19th century for attaching parade ornaments. The helmet has an inscription by Myochin Munesuke (1642-1735) or a follower spuriously dating it to 1186.
Provenance Bunkio Matsuki; Bunkio Matsuki Sale, A. A. Gallery, Feb. 10, 1906, no. 269; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1906, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Inscribed: Bunji ni hei nen Masuda Izumo no Kami Myochin ki Munesuke tsukuru; [Translation] Inscribed: Made by Munesuke of the family guild known as Masuda under the Lord of Izumo in 1186 (spurious).
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906
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