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Helmet of a Warrior

1573-1603

This helmet, known as kawari, meaning “eccentric”, because of its shape, dates from the Momoyama period in the late 16th and early 17th century, during which conflict was particularly intense in Japan. Above the functional elements of the helmet itself and the neck guard stands an authentic sculpture of dried lacquer like a bolt of intricately folded silk. This served to make the warrior’s clan recognisable from afar and to intimidate his adversary.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Title: Helmet of a Warrior
Geography: Japan
Date: 1573-1603
Medium: lacquer, iron, rope
Classification: arms, military equipment, uniforms
Dimensions: 54 x 34 x 30 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2013.009
Contact for images: [email protected]
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