I offer a rare Tonkyo type of jingasa hat with a tomoe crest on it.
The crest represents three "cloves tomoe". The tomoe symbol use in Japan dates from the 4th-5th century. Tomoe are also related to shintoist shrines.
The jingasa is made of red and black lacquered pressed paper. In reasonable condition, the little frontal part is broken and some cracks as pictures show.
Tonkyo hats were invented during the end of the Edo period by Takashima Shūhan (高島秋帆, 1798–1866) a Japanese samurai and military engineer, and were part of the equipment of gunnery soldier using newly introduced (at the time) occidental style artillery guns. The hat was a breakthrough innovation and was also said that its peculiar shape had the effect of making the eyesight of the enemy shoot wrong.
Dimensions are around 38cm of diameter and 14 cm height.
Will be sent with tracked parcel.
- Tonkyo type jingasa with tomoe crest
- Lacquer, Paper
- 19th century
- Region/ Country of origin
- Reasonable condition, see description
- 14×38×38 cm