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Antique Samurai Armor Face Mask Menpo, Edo

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Antique Samurai Armor Face Mask Menpo, Edo
A beautiful and striking Japanese samurai face mask or Menpo dating to the Edo period (1615-1868) or earlier. Superb early russet iron finish on the front of the mask with thick deep red lacquer on the interior. From the bottom of the facial section is suspended a four lame iron yodare-kake or neck guard, which is secured in place by heavy cord lacing. Below and to either side of the chin are mounted two kabuto odayori gane securing cord fastening posts, which are still securely attached. There is an asa-nagashi-no-ana hole in the underside of the chin to allow perspiration to drain away during the heat of battle. The stylized 'wrinkles' are done in a raised relief uchidashi style and are still sharp and crisp. The heavy silk cord lacing is beautifully strung in dark navy blue and shades of orange. Overall condition is excellent with some hairlines and tiny losses of lacquer and throat section becoming detached from the face. A rare opportunity to purchase a superb example of the the most intimate armor worn by a samurai. Dimensions: Face: 5 3/4" x 6' x 4". Overall length 9" x 7" at widest point.

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