Kabuto Helmet Decoration

A samurai helmet ornament expertly crafted by specialized doll makers in Tokyo.

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Kabuto helmets are a part of Japanese samurai armour, characterized by their distinct shape and elaborate ornamentation. This exquisite kabuto helmet ornament was created by expert doll maker Asahina Sakutaro in Tokyo. The design is a classic example of what is known as Kyoto Armour, featuring hand-pressed gold-leaf that gives off a beautiful shimmer. Delicately engraved with peonies (regarded as the king of flowers), the fittings, and the kumihimo braidings covering the helmet are all testaments to the skilled craftsmanship that goes into every detail. In keeping with the tradition of using fixed colours selected by fellow doll maker Hara Hiroko, Asahina uses silver silk threads to create a gentle colour scheme that will sit well in modern living spaces. The ornament’s overall appearance is enhanced by the cedar box that protects and stores the helmet.

Use the gloves without included in the box when touching the helmet to avoid leaving marks.

Box size: L31 x W25 x H22
Helmet size: L12.5 x W14 x H17

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Gogatsu Ningyō & Hina - the century-old craft of doll making

‘Children’s Day’ (kodomo no hi) is celebrated in Japan every year on 5 May. Originally a celebration for boys and known as tango-no-sekku, the day is honoured by displaying Gogatsu Ningyō (lit. ‘May dolls’) made specially for this festival to wish for boys’ good health and fortune. In addition, Japan celebrates ‘Girls Day’ (hinamatsuri) on the 3 March every year, which is marked by displaying hina dolls, typically a male and female doll seated together.

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Gogatsu Ningyō & Hina - the century-old craft of doll making