Momonari Hachi Kabuto (peach-shaped helmet) is inspired by helmets worn by European during the Momoyama Period (1575 – 1615). With the introduction of the teppo (muskets), brought to Japan by the Portuguese and Spanish, a new form of warfare emerged. Adapting to the change, katchû-shi (armor craftsmen) combined European armor design, with traditional Japanese armor crafting, creating the Momonari Kabuto. This new design made a more robust kabuto capable of deflecting musket fire while on the battlefield. The Momonari Kabuto became well known for its abilities on the battlefield during the “Campaign of Korea” (1592-98) on Kyushu Island.
The “Gashira class” katchû-shi (armor craftsmen) at Iron Mountain Armory craft this gendai (modern) Momonari Hachi Kabuto from a single steel plate, simulating 2 plates joined together. This creates the traditional “peach shaped” kabuto look at a more economical price. You can order this kabuto with your preference of mengu (facial armor), menpo (half face with nose – pictured) with various mustache styles or hanbo (lower face). Although not common, we offer the option of adding byo (rivets) to our Momonari Hachi Kabuto to add extra character and customization ability, making your kabuto more unique to you. This then creates a Byo Momonari Hachi Kabuto as seen pictured with a tengu menpo nose.
Features: Gashira Class
- Variation of paint, cotton odoshi colors and mengu designs.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Includes portable stand.
Our Gashira class katchû-shi here at Iron Mountain Armory will handcraft this Momonari kabuto at the time of your order. Please allow at least 2 weeks for crafting of this item.
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References: “The Watanabe Art Museum Samurai Armour Collection Volume 1: Kabuto & Mengu” by Trevor Absolon & David Thatcher