Jingasa Helmet.

Jingasa Helmet
Collection MAE RAS: № 13-13
Image ID: 3858361
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Museum inventory number:
№ 13-13
Title:
Jingasa Helmet
Dating:
early 19th c.
Location:
Japan
Materials:
young bamboo rootstock fiber, cannabis cloth, silk textile, silk wadding, copper, lacquer vanish, glue
Technics:
lacquering, weaving, painting
Dimensions, cm:
diameter 43.0, height 6.0
Collector:
Overmeer Fisscher, van Iohann Friedrich, Foreign corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in St.Petersburg
Commentation:
ingasa is a lightweight samurai helmet; various forms of jingasa are known; this one has a form of a round conic hat. The basic material of this jingasa is young bamboo rootstock fiber, coated with the lacquered asanuno fabric both from the inside and outside. The lacquer coating has several layers, the lower layers are red, the upper are black. At the upper brim there is a golden lacquer kamon crest in the form of the manji 卍 character placed into a circle (virtually, only half of the crest is depicted, as if the missing part was “lost” beyond the brim edge). A murasaki color silk headrest (filled with wadding), with a long silk band of the same color is attached to the inside part of the helmet with copper brackets.