Samurai means, “Those who serve in close attendance to the nobility.” Recently Bonhams held an auction, Arts of the Samurai. The sale consisted of clothing and military gear – some artifacts dating back to the 11th century. An Edo period helmet in the shape of a conch shell (shown below), sold for $377,000. It had been expected to sell for around $60,000. An orange and purple-laced haramaki armor sold for $341,000.
Edo period (18th century). The russet iron helmet hammered up from a single sheet of iron and worked on the surface to resemble a large conch shell, the mabizashi formed by the lip of the shell and lacquered red, fitted with a five-lame solid shikoro lacquered gold and laced in red and applied with gilt-copper chrysanthemum rivets.
View more helmets after the jump below…
Bonus gallery below…
+ Source: Arts of the Samurai :: Bonhams
+ Related: Samurai and Bushido – History.com