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Maedate helmet ornament, karasu-tengu, Japan, 19th c.

Maedate helmet ornament, karasu-tengu, Japan, 19th c.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1233269

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Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Ornament in the form of a karasu-tengu (crow tengu) mask, as used in the bugaku theater. Thin chased and corroded iron. Japan, 19th century.
H 5 ½ inches.
Fine condition.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a helmet with a similar ornament. Accession no. 36.25.133a–d. Viewable online.