I need your help to learn more about this jingasa (am I correct?), this is my first piece of the theme... BUT, every time there is a "but", in my state of knowledge I not be able to identify "mon", find the date of production ?
So if you can help me to respond these questions with personal knowledge and book reference (if you have some name to recommend) it will be a great help for me !
I tried to take a picts of a damaged zone to show you the fabrication material.
If you need other picts for identification, just ask and I will do it the faster I can. Thank's for your help by advance !
Clement, According to Akemi Masaharu, who published a series of articles in Daruma magazine (issues 27,36,42,47 and 57), lacquered jingasa were first introduced in the late 18th century for wear in the daimyo gyoretsu. Before that date normal farmer's hats of reeds or bamboo were worn when the weather was bad. The earliest of these Edo period jingasa were round and almost flat with just a raised point in the middle - called ichimonji jingasa. The type you have he calls zunari jingasa, koshin jingasa or bajo jingasa, and these were introduced for horsemen about 1848, being less likely to be blown off. This seems very late but the pictorial evidence seems to support this date. The interior lacquer is supposed to show the rank of the wearer - lowest rank in red, then red with pieces of gold foil and daimyo in gold. The mon on yours was used by the Hayashi family and probably others. Ian Bottomley
Hi Clement, in addition regarding your mon. It was for example also used by "Akechi", "Toki" and some other family's/Daimyo. Impossible to pin down with certainty. PS: Couldn't find the "Hayashi" reference Ian?!
Uwe, I got it from 'Kamon no Jiten' by Seishi. Neither Akechi nor Toki occur in that book because they were wiped out in the Sengoku period and it really deals with families that survive. Since the jingasa is from the late Edo period it could not belong to them. Ian
Hi Ian, that's interesting. If I remember well, the Toki clan rules the Numata han until the dawn of the Meiji restoration. But I will check my references, cos I own an armor allegedly belonged to Toki Yorinobu. He was a "little" (10.000 koku) Daimyo around the late 18th century....
PS: Can you provide some insights of your mon book? I don't have it
Uwe, Apparently the Akechi were related to the Toki who held Mino province and later ended up in Numata. However, the drawing of the kamon they used is a little different, the tops of the petals are not as rounded. I will dig out the details of the book tomorrow. Ian
Malcolm, Very well done - saves me a job. It is the only one I have, other than stuff on the famous, that lists family names so I find it very useful. The way it is arranged is to display a family name on each page, and then the various mon used by those families. Ian
No "Big Love" required, I am Welsh as you know and that sort of behaviour is expressly forbidden in both the Mabinogion, Chapter 14 Canto 6 (The infamous Satanic "Dim chwith dosbarthu hwyl" verses).
Not to forget Welsh Rugby Union Rule Book, Page 39 paragraph 6... (Losing vital match points by acting like a Jessie!!!).
Totally selfish interest on my part as I am off to Japan later in the year and am going to be scouring Jimbocho for Kamon Books...... and Yoshitoshi prints from the 100 aspects of the Moon amongst other things......INDEED!!
If anyone knows of a good secondhand bookshop and Ukiyo - e dealers outside of Jimbocho and close to the Yamanote line, I'd be eternally grateful, well, for at least five minutes....Joa???
Also here's a similar example to Clement's original posting above, , Kamon is in Maru ni Kikyō form, (so I wonder extended relationship to Clan?) which sold recently in the Wild and Wooly West Country where even Yorkshiremen tread warily..
Malcolm, yes they do seem to be relatives. Photos on the way.
There are many fiberglass Jingasa ('jingari' sic!!!) going around, but chips/splits in the rims can give an inside window and show a genuine old one or not. The 'fakes' look brand new and offer no way to see inside, under the 'lacquer'. I was offered three Jingasa the other day, but took the two tatty ones. The dealer looked surprised and asked why. I smiled sweetly.