When Betentacled Samurai Walked The Earth

“There is no solitude greater than that of the samurai…” Especially when he’s covered in tentacles.

I wish I could’ve seen the 18th century samurai who wore this amazing octopus kabuto. Were other parts of his armor or his swords similarly adorned?

Considering when it was made, it’s likely this tentacular helmet was for ceremonial purposes only. Nevertheless, imagine the sight of a fearsome warrior charging into combat with a gilded cephalopod atop his head.

Koshotan-Nari-Zaboshi Bachi Kabuto, helmet with elaborate decoration in gilded wood in the shape of an octopus. Edo period (1603-1868). Japan, end of 18th century. Florence, Museo Stibbert, October 16, 2008

[Photos via /r/ArtefactPorn and Getty Images]

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