Koboshi’bachi kabuto -helmet with small rivets

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A dazzling, koboshi’bachi kabuto (helmet with small rivets) adorned with gilded appliques depicting the Tokugawa clan’s iconic crest, the three hollyhock leaves 三つ葉葵 (mitsuba aoi), and crowned by a circular bronze maedate representing a full moon, flanked by a pair of long bronze shaped like a pair of long arched kuwagata-antlers.

The helmet’s 62-plate ‘russet iron’ bowl is meticulously detailed with 63 rows of 31 small pointed rivets each, and is topped by a 5-tiered gilded tehen’no’kanamono (decorative apex fitting). The broad, low two-lame ‘kiritsuke kozane’-plate shikoro (neck guard) is finished in gold lacquer. The fukigaeshi (face guards) extend backward, featuring gold lacquered lames laced with orange silk cords and accented by a multi-coloured cord, partially covered with decorative ‘smoked leather’ and bearing the a gilded Tokugawa appliques.

The Tokugawa Clan 徳川氏, founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu 徳川家康 (1543–1616), was a powerful samurai family that ruled Japan during the Edo period 江戸時代 (1603–1868). Ieyasu established the Tokugawa shogunate, a military government that brought peace and stability after years of civil war.

Period: Japan – Taishô period (1912-1926).

Approx. dimensions:
Height 38 cm, Width 41.5 cm, Depth 41 cm.
Maedate: diameter 6.3 cm.
Weight 2.9 kg.

It is in a very good condition with some minor traces of wear consistent with age. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : C2241

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