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Rare Helmet

Place of Origin: China/Korea?

Date: Late 16th Century

Bowl Diameter: 210mm

Reference: 130

Status: Sold

Full Description:

A fine and rare helmet, the bowl is made from two polished iron plates joined vertically by iron strips.  The brim is fitted with a brow plate and, above this, a short peak.  The bowl is surmounted by an inverted cup-shaped mount with a tall socket for a pennant.  The applied helmet fittings are thickly damascened with gold and silver on a background patinated for contrast.  The decoration has a strong Buddhist theme, and includes repeated use of vajra symbols which the owner doubtless hoped would impart impenetrability and indestructibility to the helmet.


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