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#HLM311 Mid-Kamakura Period Helmet Bowl, Converted For Use As An Incense Burner

Helmet bowls dating from this period (about circa 1250) are very few in number.

This piece has been excavated from a battle field however sadly, exactly where is unclear. And although in a distressed state one would expect from excavated pieces.

This helmet is in sturdy and very stable condition, indeed most of the ‘koshimaki’ at the front of the bowl is still present, and the bowl itself is still remarkably complete, each plate held to the other with eleven standing rivets.
This very rare piece has been beautifully mounted on a very old base of ‘keyaki’ (zelkova) wood, superbly carved to match the contours of the helmet bowl and serves as very unusual incense burner.

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