High-ranking lords began to embellish their helmets with sculptural forms so that they could be visually located on the battlefield. Exotic helmets (kawari kabuto) also allowed leaders to choose symbolic motifs for their helmets that reflected some aspect of their personality or that of their collective battalions. In Japan, the dragonfly is symbolic of focused endeavor and vigilance because of its manner of moving up, down and sideways while continuing to face forward.
Samurai/Japanese military history. This is an "Origami Zudate Kabuto" helmet. It comes from the Asakura clan and is believed to have been owned by the warlord Asakura Yoshikage. The helmet has a rare design, with a large origami-style decoration on top.
Collapsible kabuto (Chochin Kabuto) and Menpo. 19th century. Inscribed Nobuie, The iron bowl constructed of eight plates and two concentric rings with a four-lame scalloped shikoro designed so the entire helmet collapses in the manner of a lantern, with three locking mechanisms, lacquered entirely black, and with a two-stage tehen kanamono; black-lacquer iron hanbo, with flanges on the cheeks.