Eboshi-Shaped Kabuto (Helmet) with Maedate (Crest) in the Form of a Mantis

Title

Eboshi-Shaped Kabuto (Helmet) with Maedate (Crest) in the Form of a Mantis

Description

This helmet was commission as a family heirloom to represent their power as samurai. Its large form is crafted from an iron base, with paper-mache covered in gold, laquered, then sprinkled with more gold dust. The huge crest resembles the shape of a mantis with its wings spread out in a battle-ready stance. Although the helmet would never have been worn in a real battle situation, it gave the family honor to keep this symbol of valor and strength pristine.

Date

Edo period, 17th century.

Format

Iron, lacquer, cord, silk, wood, gold, and papiermache.

Files

Eboshi-Shaped Kabuto (Helmet) with Maedate (Crest) in the Form of a Mantis.jpg
Date Added
May 9, 2011
Collection
Samurai Armor
Citation
“Eboshi-Shaped Kabuto (Helmet) with Maedate (Crest) in the Form of a Mantis ,” Artists, Patrons, and Japanese Art, accessed July 23, 2017, http://artistandpatrons.omeka.net/items/show/24.