Japanese circular jingasa with a gradual pointed top and curved rim in the front. Lacquered black with a crest in gold. The underside is lacquered red.
Jingasa (“war hat”, a type of kasa commonly worn by samurai and ashigaru.
In the Edo period, the politics of display of sankin kôtai and other ceremonial occasions led to jingasa becoming more decorative in appearance, as was also the case for many other items of samurai arms, armor, and clothing. Still, these performed important symbolic, ceremonial, and discursive political purposes.
Age: Edo Period (19th century)
Dimensions: 14 3/4″ wide x 7″ high