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Jingasa (Samurai hat)

lacquer, metal, silk, leather, mother of pearl
15.0 × 55.0 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Joan Gunn, 2011
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Jingasa (samurai hats) were mainly used during the mid to late Edo Period (1700-1868). The word Jingasa is made up of two symbols "Kasa" meaning hat and "Jin" meaning military. In general the Edo period was a time of peace. Kabuto (helmets worn with armour) were used less and Jingasa (hats for daily use) became more popular. The main purpose for Kabuto was for protection against arrow or sword in battle, however with Jingasa the emphases was more on the practicalities of protection against sun and rain. Jingasa are seen as a symbol of a "Samurai's daily attire in times of peace" and were used for travel, police duty, municipal outings, hunting and riding while also maintaining a public display of the Samurai's high social status.