Neck protector for fireman's helmet (hikeshi-shikoro)
Object Place: Japan
144 x 190 cm (56 11/16 x 74 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Fulled wool plain weave appliquéd with gilt leather; lined in silk with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts
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Samurai fireman’s semi-circular neck protector for helmet (hikeshi-shikoro) with design of three large diamond crests along the top, below which are small floral hexagon and diamond motifs in appliquéd gilt leather on a black plain-weave, felled wool ground; lined with silk patterned with swallows and bamboo in light blue, dark brown and white silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; squared collar with “frog” closure and buttons at neck; slit 3/4 way up the center back.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection