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Samurai Hat (jingasa)

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Samurai Hat (jingasa), 1800-1899
2 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (6.35 cm x 41.91 cm x 41.91 cm)

Object Type: Textile
Technique: Leatherworking
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Jean Goodwin Ames
Accession Number: T695

Lacquered leather.

Object Description
Samurai hat of a circular form with a raised boss to fit the head. The surface is scattered with nacre bits and one mon in gold leaf.

The jingasa was of limited use in defending against weapons, but was worn as a shield against sun and rain.

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