An Iron Helmet, or Jingasa, Edo period

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Item ref: 3901

  • Japan
  • Iron, silver and gold
  • 41 cm / 16 in


Private collection, Italy

This Jingasa shows a dragon snaking through clouds. The dragon in East-Asian mythology is a creature associated with water, rather than the fire- breathing creatures in European folklore, and it is therefore often associated with the sea and clouds, as can be seen on this helmet.