Lot 63. A kawari kabuto (exotic helmet), Momoyama-Early Edo period, 16th-17th century. Estimate $65,000 - $75,000. Price Realized $81,250. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.
A black lacquered exotic helmet, the crown rising to the crest of a wave, wakidate (side crests) in the form of clam shells lacquered black on the outside and gold in the inside, the mabisashi (brim) embossed with eyebrows and a wrinkled forehead, a four tier shikoro (neck guard), fukigaeshi (turned back portions) with gold lacquer mukae - hiiragi (holly leaf) mon (badges)
Christie's. AN INQUIRING MIND: AMERICAN COLLECTING OF JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART, 15 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza