Mid Edo period Edo (1615 - 1867), 18th century
This spectacular helmet is meant to reproduce the cap worn by shinto priests. Of unusual shape, it is built of five iron riveted plates, covered with a textured gold lacquer and embossed with a red “ken” on the back. On the front, a rare triple maedate is supported by three different tsunomoto (supports).
The shikoro is a rare kusari-shikoro made in three sections of chain mail under a wide black-lacquered plate molded as a lotus flower that forms the fukigaeshi. The family crest (kamon) represents a rinpo - the Buddhist wheel of truth.