Samurai helmet (kabuko) shaped like an octopus. 1700s, Japan.
This type of ancient Japanese helmet, known as Kabuki, may seem strange, particularly due to the gilded octopus on top of it. However, in the 16th and 17th centuries, this type of headgear was the craze of the century. Other Kabuki helmets had crab pincers, deer antlers, bird wings, and other nature-related themes, such as tree branches, beehives, fish, and dragonflies.
But don’t think anyone could wear such helmets! Oh no, these were only reserved for the high-ranking military leaders, to make them differentiate themselves from the other soldiers. Despite their unusual style, these helmets were quite lightweight and balanced so they wouldn’t hinder the warrior during battle.