A lacquered Koide Jingasa
Japan, attributed to the Koide clan – Tanba Sonobe – Edo period (1603-1867)
Materials: Fiber, Rattan, Wood, Lacquer
The Jingasa (陣笠) is the war hat of the Samurai and was issued to both Samurai and Ashigaru. They can be freely translated as ‘war hat’ and were made of iron, copper, wood, bamboo or lacquer. The latter is listed here for sale.
The Jingasa is usually shaped flat, with a slight conical centre and is due to it’s military background, nearly always decorated with a ‘mon’ or crest of the family or daimsho the soldier was in service to.
Our example shown is made of laquer and decorated with gold painted curls and kite shaped panels.
The front is decorated with a gold ‘mon’ of the Koide clan, depicting the number ’23’ in Japanese kanji.
The Koide clan:
A family of Tozama Daimyo who was first led by Yoshichika Koide in 1619 and ended with the feudal reign of Fusanao Koide who’s function was officially dismissed in 1871. The Koide family reigned in the Sonobe domain which is in the Tanba Province (present day Kyoto Prefecture).
Condition: Good condition, the center has a small restore and the rims of the hat are fritted at some points. Further well preserved.
Provenance: From the former collection of estate Frymerson Sint Odielienberg.
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