Chinese Tiger Crowns 虎冠
From the 500s to the 980s, successive Chinese dynasties have employed a distinctive 虎冠 "tiger crown" helmet that marked some of their most elite warriors on the battlefield.
An archer from the Five Dynasties or Ten Kingdoms Period (907-979CE) carved on a tomb door panel from Shaanxi Province.
Warrior, 734 Japan, Nara Period depicting one of the "Four Heavenly Kings," both the design, the method of the sculpture, were clearly modeled on Tang design principles. Equally true for the warrior's tiger crown helmet
Warrior tomb guardian painted in Sancai glaze, early Tang Dynasty 600s.
Sancai tiger crown warrior, Henan region. Tang dynasty
Stone Lokapala (Buddhist Guardian of Four Directions) ^ See "Four Heavenly Kings," Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) by the late Tang Dynasty the elite soldiery would be geared with the elaborate mountain scale armor.
By 979, most correlating troops have eschewed these gaudy tiger helmets.
Closeup of the mountain scale armor used by the guards.
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