Japanese battle helmet
japanese armor at the british museum

This is a 17th Century Japanese helmet that is part of the British Museum’s collection.

For me it was fascinating to see this ancient armor (or armour) close up. Does it look familiar to you? This style of helmet was where George Lucas drew inspiration from for Darth Vader.

darth-vader

This was just one tiny example of the amazing things to be discovered at The British Museum. We spent two full days there and I doubt we saw it all. And that was just in the free exhibits, not the special ones that required an added entrance fee.