THE three segments of a circular border which are reproduced in this Plate, are taken from a tray of cloisonné enamel – one of the most perfect specimens of modern enamel which has reached us from Japan. The accuracy and beauty of the design and execution are equal to anything we have seen in the finest old work; clearly proving, in this art at least, that in manipulative skill the Japanese artizan artists of to-day are not a whit behind those of by-gone times (jap. shippō-yaki).
The Museum of Artillery, at Paris, is rich in arms of this kind, and it is no easy matter to make a choice amongst them. Among the helmets of Italian workmanship those we give to day have struck us as remarkable in every respect. The helmet of most perfect workmanship, is of iron chased and „repoussé“ in round boss. The crest is formed of the prostrated body of a warrior armed in the roman style, and seized by the beard by two chimeras with moment`s bodies. These chimeras hold palms in their hands. A cartouch or escutcheon is seen on the point of the beaver. The helmet below is very different in form and somewhat less strange in decoration. Two figures holding cornucopia are the principal subject. Chiemerical ornaments accompany these figures. The whole rises from a niello ground (black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal.) of interlaced ornaments.