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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Skull Piece from Samurai Helmet

Period:
17th Century
Description:
This fluted skull piece has a skip decorated with etched dragons.  The helmet would have originally been completed with the addition of segmented and flared neck protection.  The small sheath on the front would have held a large metal crest and there may also have been a face mask.  As it is, without any of the elaborate decoration it resembles head protection not too far removed from that worn by soldiers and workmen in the 20th/21st century.
Place of Production:
Japan
Materials/Media:
steel
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/A77
Digital Number:
EAAM114a, b
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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