This Japanese antique authentic Hokan sacred crown and Eboshi of Diety was made by Hon'ie Itō as signed on the box. It is not a replica, it is a true crown of deities that was worn in the 19th century at a shrine in Japan. In Japanese, Worn by Japanese Imperial consorts. the Hokan is decorated with many many pieces and coral beads. The metal type is unknown. The combination of the Hokan and Eboshi is called the headgear of nobles of Japan. The Eboshi is called 'Funagata samurai eboshi' which means Eboshi with the shape of the ship. The eboshi is placed over the head then the Hokan is placed on top of that. This is a true collector's piece and no doubt a museum quality piece or similar pieces are shown in museums and over 100 years old. It originally came from a Shrine in Hita-gun Nishi Arita village. The name of the shrine is unclear. Hita Hita-gun was a district located in Ō ita Prefecture, Japan.
The tomobako or box that comes with the piece is the original box for the Hokan, Robbie Di Leonardo in our facebook group helped me with what was legible of the writing on the box. The makers name is identified for one, Hon'ie Itō. As the seller mentioned above, it also says 'Hita-gun, Arita, plus the name Nakayashiki Itō. The right side is harder to work out, although I can see Meiji 明治 and March 三月.
According to Wiki, the level of the diety that wore this headgear were first added and the 'Order of the Precious Crown' called 宝冠章 Hōkan-shō is a Japanese order, established on January 4, 1888 by Emperor Meiji of Japan, and the lowest ranking of the Japanese orders currently awarded. Originally the order had five classes, but on April 13, 1896 the sixth, seventh and eighth classes were added. This Order is conventionally reserved for female recipients. See Wiki or other sources of Japanese history for more information. An earlier writing from another source published c. 1840 suggests that the Hokan would have been worn by a Japanese Imperial consort.
It is in good antique condition with minor age appropriate wear and flaws, there is only one place as shown in the pictures with a strange wear mark. It does not appear that any pieces are missing. This came from a trusted antique dealer in Japan..
SIZES: Crown: 9.05 inches by 4.92 inches, or 12.5cm by 23cm. Eboshi: 7.28 by 6.10 inches, or 15.5cm by 18.5cm Weight: 1041 grams or 2.29 lbs.
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