One of the most unorthodox types of Japanese helmets were ones with animal maedate (crests). They were extremely popular during the Edo period (1603-1868) although it appeared earlier. Usually, it was made on the foundation of a zunari-kabuto. The date exhibited a huge variety of forms, including horns, suns, dragons, monsters, demons, birds, wings, hair up to abstract ideas. Similar to it was the harikake-kabuto. Some of the details were made of lacquered wood or paper.
Helmet ( zunari kabuto ), end of the Edo period, century, Japan . Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas (Texas) ; the photograph was taken during an exhibition in the Musée des Arts Premiers in Paris.