Ressei menpō

Half mask for samurai armor with a fierce expression

 

DATE Mid Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th century
ARTIST Myōchin school

 

A russet iron mask of me no shita men (half face) type with very sharp embossing. The design shows a peculiar pattern, with stylised cheek bones; the angled line is repeated on the top border close to the ears.

Even if the mask in unsigned, the type, and the features suggest a smith from the Myochin school.

 

INVENTORY NR: men-627

Item for sale. Price on application. 

 

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