These helmets are thought to have been made for Muneshige’s horse guards who were the elite cavalry risponsible for guarding the general in battle fields.
They were all produced between the 16th and 17th centuries. According to the document recorded in 1822, there were 318 helmets preserved. Today, our museum stores a collection of 239 helmets. They were designed under the influence of a western model called 'Morion' which was similar in style and very popular at that time, especially in Kyushu region, the first one to introduce the western culture.