This Momonari Gashira Kabuto with Rivets is a display piece in our showroom. It was one of the first Gashira class momonari kabuto made by the Iron Mountain Armory over 2 years ago. There is a slight blemish on the left shikoro and some scuffs marks. This kabuto is sold as is, without mengu (facial armor), stand or warranty.
The Momonari Gashira Kabuto (peach-shaped helmet) is inspired by European helmets during the Momoyama Period (1575 – 1615). The katchû-shi (armor craftsmen) made Momonari Gashira Kabuto from two iron plates that joined together like the shell of a clam. They were designed specifically to deflect the bullets from the new muskets appearing on the battlefield. These new weapons were first brought to Japan by the Portuguese and Spanish and later became an important part of modern military strategy.
The Momonari Gashira Kabuto became well known for its abilities on the battlefield during the Campaign of Korea (1592-98) on Kyushu Island.