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Samurai Helmet in the Tokyo Museum

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Samurai Helmet with metal plumes, Tokyo, Japan

A samurai warrior's helmet from the collection of the Toyko Museum

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Samurai helmet and mask on display in the Tokyo National Museum. The crest on this helmet appears to be a bundle of reeds; other helmets had deer antlers, gold-plated leaves, ornate half-moon shapes, or even winged creatures.

Although this particular steel and leather helmet is not as intimidating as some, the mask is rather unsettling. This samurai mask features a fierce hook nose, like a bird of prey's beak.

See helmeted samurai in action in this series of prints, Samurai Attack a Japanese Village. Also, learn more about Samurai Women of Japan.

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