Antique Japanese lacquer jingasa, samurai’s hat. Round rim with a gradually pointed top. Lacquered black and decorated with a design of 3 flying cranes in swirling clouds and with a Narabi-ya (double arrows) mon in raised gold lacquer.
The samurai class in feudal Japan, as well as their retainers and footsoldiers (ashigaru), used several types of jingasa made from iron, copper, wood, paper, bamboo, or leather. Kasa shares its etymology with the Japanese word for “umbrella” (which is also pronounced “kasa”, but written 傘).
Age: Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 16″ wide x 2 1/2″ high