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Warfare in Asia

Iron helmet

Asia JA 1953.4-17.1

Iron helmet

From: Japan
Date: early 16th century AD

Japanese armour was made to be strong but also very flexible, so that the warrior could move around easily during battles. The sticking-out lower part of this helmet protects the neck. It is made of lots of overlapping pieces so the wearer can turn his head, and even lift his arms up in the air if necessary.

The stripes on the head are where lots of different metal strips have been welded together to make them even stronger. Above each ear is a picture of crossed hawk's feathers, showing which clan or family the soldier was from.