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

Edo period
19th century


146 x 88 cm (57 1/2 x 34 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Fulled wool plain weave appliquéd with gilt leather; lined with supplementary weft patterned silk satin (shuchin)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Samurai fireman’s semi-circular neck protector for helmet (hikeshi-shikoro) with design of interlocking swastika pattern (manji tsunagi) in appliquéd gilt leather on a brown fulled wool ground and a diamond crest in white felted wool on each side; lined with silk and gilt paper in a linked hexagon and square (shokkô) pattern. There is a squared collar with “frog” closure and buttons at neck.

Wool possibly imported from Holland.


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