Image: Japanese Helmet E69875

Japanese Helmet E69875

Samurai helmet in the Australian Museum collection. This is one of many stylistic variants of a star helmet - hoshi kabuto. The helmet bowl was made from several individual iron plates joined by rivets with large, domed heads called hoshi - star. These star-rivets gave the helmet its name. At the base of the rivets are washers, resembling chrysanthemums flower. Distinctive raised ridges of the adjacent plates give the helmet its structural strength.

Yvonne Carrillo-Huffman
© Australian Museum

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