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Helmet (19th Century attributed) Japan Metal, textile, and leather Gift of Murray Reiter 1983.1.1A



This helmet is part of a complete suite of armor made after European contact with Japan. Armor was designed to protect the wearer during battle and also to intimidate an opponent and was used in Japan until the end of the samurai (warrior) era (Meiji Period) in the 1860s. The Swastika-like designs are a Buddhist symbol of peace called "manji," indicating this helmet was dedicated to a temple.

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