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This is a very fine suji kabuto (with ridges) that is signed Myochin Ki Shigesada 明珍紀重定.  There were two armor smiths from the Myochin school who signed Shigesada.  The first worked in Sagami Province in the late Muromachi era around 1567.  The second worked in the Sagami Province in the Momoyama era which was slightly later around 1570-1615.  Both of these smiths are rated as Jô 1  (上位) meaning “very good”.

This is a very well made suji kabuto comprised of 32 individual iron plates that have been riveted together.  This helmet is an authentic Samurai helmet from the late 1500’s to early 1600’s that was used when the country of Japan was in a state of constant civil warfare so it has definitely seen use on the battlefield.

The iron bowl has a nice dark patina from age and the bowl is in excellent condition.  The teihen kanamono is made of brass and is comprised of four layers.   The bottom two layers are done in a scalloped pattern.  The third layer is beautifully done in a sixteen petal chrysanthemum shape with the individual petals standing up in a vertical position which is very unusual.  The top layer is a simple brass ring that is nestled in the chrysanthemum layer below it.

Attached by three large iron rivets and two small iron rivets to the front of the bowl is an iron  mabisashi  created from a single piece of metal.  The bowl has a four lame shikoro that has been laced with blue ito that has deteriorated in a few spots due to age.  The top lame turns back into two large fukigaeshi that have been partially covered with doe skin with a gold colored decoration and  six brass rivets attached.  The shikoro looks to be from the middle Edo era and it has held up well.

The helmet liner on the inside of the kabuto is intact and attached.  There has been a small area at the rear of the liner that has been lined and left open so that the signature may be seen.  All in all this is a lovely kabuto that would enhance any collection.