Kawari Kabuto(Exotic Helmet) - Japan

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Kawari Kabuto(Exotic Helmet) - Japan, Momoyama period, 16th century

Kabuto is a type of helmet first used by ancient Japanese warriors, and in later periods, they became an important part of the traditional Japanese armour worn by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan.

This kawari kabuto is a type of exotic helmet cotaining a zunari (head-shaped) three plate iron of 'yaro-to' (rough fellow's head) shape with boar's bristle forming the hair with a tied top-knot, the mabisashi of a further plate of red-lacquered iron forming a high forehead, maedate (fore-crest) of two opposed carp of wood with gold foil, a four tier gold-lacquered Hineno shikoro (neck guard) of close red-laced itazane (plain iron sheet), single sheet iron red-lacquered reisei (fierce style) menpo (face mask) with gold-lacquered teeth, vestiges of a bristle moustache, four tier yodarekake (bib) lacquered gold and red-laced matching theshikoro

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