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Kabuto

The helmet was the most difficult part of a samurai armor to make and was usually the work of a master armorer, who could eventually sign the piece.

Helmet bowls (bachi) are classified depending on how they were built. There are several kabuto types, but a high-rank samurai would often have on his armor a multi-plate kabuto (suji-bachi and koboshi) or a kawari kabuto, a helmet with a spectacular or unusual shape.

Regardless of their shape, almost all samurai helmets were fitted with a frontal decoration called maedate and a neck guard (shikoro), at the end of which there were two wing-like projections named fukigaeshi.

The following samurai helmets are currently for sale:

 



Momoyama to early Edo Period, 17th century
A russet iron samurai helmet with small standing rivets, 18th century
Head-shaped samurai helmet with a shikami (demon)
Mid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th century
28-plate sabi-ji iron samurai helmet signed Muneharu
A gold lacquer helmet of momonari shape
Samurai helmet shaped as a human head, covered with horse-hair
Samurai helmet from the Nabeshima clan by Myochin Nobutaka
Samurai helmet shaped as a cloth headgear (tenugui)
Lacquered kawari kabuto shaped as a squared headgear
Lacquered kawari kabuto shaped as a squared headgear
Hachi (helmet bowl of a samurai helmet) by Unkai Mitsutane
Russet iron samurai helmet shaped as a hook

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