1618 - Nagasone Tojiro Mitsumasa, Helmet in the form of a sea conch shell,
Late sixteenth century warlords and powerful generals wore flamboyant extraordinary helmets (kawari-kabuto) to distinguish themselves amidst uniformly armored footmen and brilliantly attired samurai. They also presented such helmets as tokens of favor. This masterpiece helmet-bowl is sculpted like a sea-conch shell with a brim textured like ray-skin. […] Stripped of its original lacquer finish, which had offered protection from moisture, as well as of its neck guard, the helmet offers and opportunity to appreciate its superb tempering and naturalistic metal work. The conch-shell (hora-gai) is a symbol of worldly and religious authority. It was sounded by generals to marshal troops and was emblematic of Buddha’s voice and the preaching of Buddhist Law. - from the Higgins Armory Museum description.
(Source: blackpaint20, via mitologiasvivas)