Antique Jingasa with a family crest of Choshu clan
Period: mid-late Edo period
Prime Material: Wood
We classify this item as a type of the Jingasa (陣笠). It is usually made from metal or leather, and Ashigaru (足軽, infantry) and low-ranked soldiers wore it. They substituted it for the Kabuto. Since the tactics of placing infantry on the front lines became the mainstream, it was a primary matter of how the infantry gained high mobility. Therefore, they wore simple armor with minimal functionality to protect themselves, unlike the luxurious armor of high-ranked Samurais. Crests or marks were drawn on the front of the Jingasa to make it a sign for judging each affiliation.
In the Edo period, people finally welcomed the times of peace. There was a growing trend towards decorative enjoyment, such as designing weapons and armors or how to wear them. Of course, the Jingasa was also included in this tide. Samurais started using Jingasas as a tool to show the wearer’s identity and family, not as a protective gear for the head. We think this Jingasa is also one of these Jingasas, considering its good condition. Even the inside is lacquered gorgeously, and the front has a beautiful curve shape. Jingasas, which were produced in that period, have artistic and stylish beauty. A theory says that high-ranked Samurais enjoyed wearing these Jingasas when they went out for business, and even some of them changed Jingasas adopting it to seasons. We hope you enjoyed the history of the Jingasa and would be attracted to the charm of this work.
You see the golden mark on the front. It is a family crest and is categorized as the Ichimonji-ni Mitsuboshi (一文字三星) pattern.
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