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50 Most Legendary Hats Throughout History The Samurai Kabuto

The Samurai Kabuto

Formally called the kabuto, this traditional Japanese helmet protected the heads of ancient warriors since the fifth century. While they were originally part of a warrior’s protective suit of armor, over time, these custom-made pieces evolved to serve as talismans that displayed the wearer’s unique character, personality, and artistry. If the helmet looks unusually threatening or familiar, it probably has to do with the fact that the kabuto influenced the design of Darth Vader's glossy black helmet.

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