The week's wheel has turned another revolution. So here we are again at Scattertime.
The idea of specialized, easily recognizable gear for particular professions is an old one, perhaps one of the very oldest, since garments that related to spiritual pursuits, and to hunting, were quite likely some of the earliest things we conceived of. It is also a concept that is without borders, having occurred in every culture, everywhere. This object is a fireman's helmet from Japan, called a Kajikabuto. Its specificity of shape, and its decorations mark it first as the helmet of a fireman, but also from what district he came. This one was for a gentleman of the Daimyo class, so this helmet is more ornate, and well constructed than it might otherwise be. It is made of gilded copper, leather, felt, silk and laquered elements. it now resides in the Met's collection.
So that, my friends is that for this week's edition. Have fun this weekend and Happy Valentine's day to all and sundry.