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Helmet (Hoshi- Kabuto) in the 16th-Century Style

Inscribed by Saotame Iesuek (Japanese, Miyazaki Prefecture, active late 17th–early 18th century)
probably late 17th–early 18th century
Iron, lacquer, silk
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm); W. 13 in. (33 cm)
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
36.120.407a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 377
The overlapping edges of the iron plates form ridges (suji). Sixty-two of the paltes have star shaped rivets known as hoshi, giving the name of the helmet-bowl type (hoshi-bachi).
Inscription: Inscribed: "Joshu ju Saotome Iyenari" (Saotome Iyenari, dweller in the Province of Hitachi).
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