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Helmet Hoshi kabuto with shikami
MNK VI-6535
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Cracow collection boasts over a thousand objects of weaponry and armor, among them a large number of Japanese origin. Extremely valuable are helmets and cuirass. Although none of the suits of armor date back later than the Edo Period (1600-1868), they give us opportunity to learn about Japanese sophisticated functionality and beauty. The presented helmet with the shikami sign is a valuable example from the collection.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, which is presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues, among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Iron, gilt copper, shakudo alloy, shibuichi alloy, lacquer, textiles, wood, fur 
Measurements
Width 26.5 cm Height 18.8 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; first half 
Function
Military accessories 
Acquisition
Donated in 1920 by Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929). He was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover and outstanding personality. His interest in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. He donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative art objects, arms and armors. 
Copyright
The National Museum in Cracow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Romanowicz, Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow, Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), and Maria Dzieduszycka, Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow 
Owner
The National Museum in Cracow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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