The Tô-kanmuri no Kabuto is said to be a Chinese crown-style helmet inspired by an ancient Chinese court cap called a tô-kanmuri, which were quite popular during the Momoyama period (1568 – 1600). They were crafted from a simple zunari-kabuto with the so-called “crown strings” (纓) attached at the back which were either made of thin iron sheets or nerigawa. Our Taisho Katchû-shi (Japanese armor smith) have hand hammered and crafted this beautiful Tôkanmuri no Kabuto from steel. It features the design of the Chinese crown on the back of the kabuto, cut from brass as well as a traditional Hineno zunari hachi with traditional Hineno-jikoro style shikoro (neck guard with natural curvature over the shoulders).
The Heneno Zunari Bachi Kabuto is crafted by 3 hand cut metal parts, hand hammered into shape and then riveted together to form the hachi (bowl) section of the kabuto. The top section is then hand cut, hammered into shape, and attached to the hachi. Finally, shikoro is then cut and shaped by hand, laced in odoshi sugake (simple hang) with great care and attention to detail. The ukebari (helmet lining) is carefully fitted to the inside of the hachi (bowl of helmet) to finish the kabuto. The menpo (men-pô = facial armor) is finished using the same odoshi sugake on the tare (throat guard). The menpo is a traditional “ressei-men” style; which features a mustache (or kuchi hige), shiwa (facial wrinkles), odayori ore kugi (posts), detachable hana (nose guard), mimi (ear covers) and tare (throat guard). This kabuto also features mayu (simulated eyebrows) which are hand hammered into the oroshi-mabizashi (visor).
Features: Traditional 3 plate handcrafted design. Taisho Class.
- Variation of paint, art silk odoshi colors and mustache designs.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Includes Deluxe Stand and Kabuto Bitsu (storage / display box).
Our Taisho Katchû-shi at Iron Mountain Armory will handcraft this product at the time of your order. Please allow at least 4 to 5 weeks for crafting of this item.
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References: “Zuroku – Nihon No Katchu-Bugu Jiten” by Sasama Yoshihiko / “The Watanabe Art Museum Samurai Armour Collection Volume 1: Kabuto & Mengu” by Trevor Absolon & David Thatcher