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Helmet: HEN.M.468.1933

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Sixteen plate skull of russet iron with small rivets with chrysanthemum washers (zaboshi) and roped flanges to the plates. The front, side and rear plates are broad, and have applied sword blades three at the front, one at the rear and sides, in copper alloy. At the front is a peak covered in stencilled leather bordered with a gilt copper fukurin. There is a chiselled brass holder for a maedate and kuwagata, with horns of gilt iron. At the sides are sprung lugs for further crest fittings. There is a shikoro of four plates, the top one of iron, the lower three of leather, lacquered black, kebiki laced with blue silk. At the front at either side the upper plate of the shikoro widens into a fukigayeshi, covered in stencilled leather, with a hishi mon of three diamons in blackened silver.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 340 mm
Height: 345 mm
Weight: 2640 g
Width: 370 mm

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Acquisition and important dates

(1933) by Henderson, James Stewart


19th century
Edo period (1615-1868) / Meiji period (1868-1912)
Circa 1800 - 1899


The mon was used by several families including the Ogawa and Ogasawara (Hawley and Chappelear 1976: 80).

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.468.1933
Primary reference Number: 162524
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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