Samurai War Helmet.  1825-1875, Japan.  This helmet has an iron “hachi” of thirty-three riveted laminations, a “shikoro” of five plates laced in “kebiki” (spread hair) style with navy blue “ito doshi” laces, and axes as “yokodate” made from whale baleen. A Phoenix (“Ho o”) serves as a “maedate;” one tail feather is missing. It is lined with rawhide.

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