Neck protector for fireman's helmet (hikeshi-shikoro)
Object Place: Japan
149 x 85 cm (58 11/16 x 33 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Fulled wool plain weave appliquéd with wool plain weave and silk cords; lined with brocaded silk (shuchin)
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Samurai fireman’s semi-circular neck protector for helmet (hikeshi-shikoro) with design of two diamond crests along the top, below which are stylized Chinese flower motifs (karahana) in appliqued black wool on a yellow plain-weave, fulled wool ground trimmed with blue braid. slit 3/4 way up back of hood. Scalloped hem, slit 3/4 up the center back; black cord “frog” closure and buttons at neck.
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