Kabuto Helmet

  • Medieval Asia
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A form of elaborate Samurai helmet, The Kabuto was seen as early as the 5th Century. Possibly derived from contact (in war) with China, The Kabuto saw many changes in design. Serving two purposes (one for obvious protection and the other a form of “spiritual connection” with The Gods), Removing The Kabuto in battle was a taboo. Constructed of 100 to 300 small component pieces of iron and copper, The Kabuto also consisted of different attachments. The Shikoro (Neck Guard), was attached by rivets or silk cord to the back of the helmet. It extended downards to protect the neck and kack of the upper shoulder. The Tsunamoto (Dome Crest), was placed on the top of the helmet and featured very elaborate pieces (designed to identify the Warrior's Clan, Imperial Affiliation or Patron God) – attached by weld or rivet. Next, The Kabuto may also feature a Mabizashi (brim visor). The helmet also featured layers of leather and silk to provide comfort and to soak up sweat (in battle). The Kabuto continued into the early 19th  Century (mostly ceremonial).