Edo period, circa 1860-1880
Wood covered with lacquer and mother-of-pearl, red lacquer on the inner side, gilt
The Jingasa is a type of kasa commonly worn by the Samurai and foot soldiers. The Samurai class in feudal Japan, as well as their foot soldiers used several types of jingasa made of lacquer, iron, copper, wood, paper, bamboo or leather, which almost always had crests on them.
The shape of the Jingasa is slightly conical. The top is divided in four sections with black lacquer panels embelished with Japanese mother-of-pearl decoration (Aogai) alternating with golden tatakinuri (mat pebbly texture) panels, one with a holly branch mon in maki-e.
At the inside red lacquer with gyobu.