Made in the 17th century, this Japanese helmet was created using a wood and iron for the structure, silk, leather and papier-mache for the decorative part.

At the time, the high-ranked lords on the battlefield added decorations to their helmets so the lower-rank soldiers could easily distinguish them and follow their orders.

In Japan, the dragonfly symbolizes alertness and attention to details, an excellent choice for a war leader.

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