Iron model of a carp, made by
Meiji era, late 19th
Restoration in 1868, many makers of iron
helmets adapted their skills to modelling animals such as fish,
reptiles, beetles, shellfish, dragons and other mythical creatures.
The same techniques used in riveting curved pieces of metal
together to form armour were employed to create feathers and
scales. The models thus formed are astonishingly flexible and can
be moved into different
Museum has a group of these objects including a dragon, a pheasant,
a crab, a snake as well as a crayfish and this carp. Most of the
pieces were made by later members of the Myōchin family of armour
component makers. This one is signed Muneyori.