Hartley’s October Post

30 Oct

When I first looked at the topic for this month’s post, I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t want to go the anime route. So I sat down and google-imaged “non-western art.” I found something that immediately caught my eye. The samurai helmet looked oddly familiar.

It seems obvious to me that these helmets inspired Darth Vader’s head gear in George Lucas’ Star Wars.

It is fascinating to me that something as familiar and widespread as Star Wars was influenced by Japanese samurai. Something that is so “futuristic” is actually pretty ancient.


3 Responses to “Hartley’s October Post”

  1. noble9 November 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    I agree with you somewhat about the shape of Vader’s helmet. It is very reminiscant to the asian head gear. But Vader’s helmet was actually based off of world war II germany helmets.

    • Mondaymornroup5 December 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

      I think this is awesome! Even if the helmet was based off of someone else, the creator must have seen something in their past related to those. The fact that you made a connection to those helmets to darth vader is the whole idea. Good connection!

  2. christynamee September 8, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Do you know the source of that first photo?

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