Neck protector for fireman's helmet (hikeshi-shikoro)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


144 x 190 cm (56 11/16 x 74 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Fulled wool plain weave appliquéd with gilt leather; lined in silk with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection