This Japanese vintage Buddhist Shinto page mixed metal headdress is gently used, at only 20-30 years of age. It is a headdress such as that worn in the 19th century by Japanese Imperial consorts. at a shrine in Japan. According to the seller from Japan this particular one is made in the fashion of the style worn by pages. This is still worn by the different class of the Shinto procession in ceremonies, and celebrations and parades. An excellent collector's item and decorative piece.
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. We are not sure if this is made for one class, or the same worn by all.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 probable age appropriate wear and flaws, no pieces are missing, no cracks or chips. This came from a trusted antique dealer in Japan.
Size: Height: 8.86 inches or 22.50 cm, Width: 8.46 by 8.66 inches or 21.48 cm by 21.99 cm. Weight: 261 grams or .57 lbs.
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