Bugaku dance costume (torikabuto)

Helmut

Japanese
Edo period
17th or 18th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

44.6 x 44 x 3.5 cm (17 9/16 x 17 5/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

31.440c

Medium or Technique

Silk and gold brocade (kinran) with silk tassels, gilt metal fixtures, silk plain-weave lining and paper inner lining

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Bugaku helmet (torikabuto) in reddish-orange and green silk with repeating stylized cloud motifs in gold and paulownia crests in gilt metal attached to the crown and cuff of the helmet. There are reddish-orange silk tassels attached to the neck and cuff of the helmet. This helmet is part of a three-piece Bugaku dance costume (tsune shôzoku).

Provenance

1931, sold by Yamanaka and Co., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 2, 1931)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund