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Armor with the features of a tengu (tengu tōsei gusoku), by Kiyotoshi, Munekiyo, and Ryūsuiken, late Edo period, 1854. The astonishing helmet of this armor represents the head of the menacing creature tengu (karasu tengu) with its characteristic beak, golden eyes, and striking eyebrows. The chest armor and sleeves imitate human muscle structure. Atop the helmet is a small black hat resembling ones worn by mountain warrior-monks (yamabushi), practitioners of Shūgendō.

【日本クオリティ】素晴らしすぎる江戸時代の甲冑「天狗当世具足」職人こだわりの造形に『和製』の源流を見た

Armor with the features of a tengu (tengu tōsei gusoku) Late Edo period,

Samurai armour, Richard Béliveau's collection, o-boshi suji bachi kabuto, uchidachi dou gusoku.

Samurai armour, Richard Béliveau's collection, o-boshi suji bachi kabuto, uchidachi dou gusoku.

Bird cage Kawari kabuto. From the rim are a series of vertical bands of whale bone forming a cage. Momoyama-early Edo period (late 16th-early 17th century).

An armor with a kawari kabuto helmet in the form of a bird cage (torikago). Momoyama-early Edo period (late century) © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

変わり兜×刀装具展 | さくら日和~旅とヘナと着物の日々~

In Japanese, they're called "kawari kabuto" (変わり兜), which is often translated as "unusual helmets." They're some of the most interesting head armor you'll ever see.

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