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Neck protector for fireman's helmet (hikeshi-shikoro)

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Samurai fireman's semi-circular neck protector for helmet (hikeshi-shikoro) with design of three large diamond crests along the top, below which are small floral hexagon and diamond motifs in appliquéd gilt leather on a black plain-weave, felled wool ground; lined with silk patterned with...

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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) NOTES: [1] 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

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144 x 190 cm (56 11/16 x 74 13/16 in.)

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Fulled wool plain weave appliquéd with gilt leather; lined in silk with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts