samurai armor

A half-face samurai armor maskEdo period, circa 1700 Lacquered iron; the nose detachable. In Hindu mythology, the Karura was a sacred bird that ate a poisonous snake. When this deity was taken into Buddhism, it became one of the gods who guard the Buddhist faith. This figure is also one of the fourteen characters in the gigaku, a religious dance-drama that was performed for the Japanese royal court at Buddhist temple ceremonies from the 7th to the 10th century. Armor masks modelled after the gigaku mask of Karura started to appear during the late Muromachi period and show specific...

Half mask for samurai armor with a fierce expressionMid Edo period (1615 - 1867)  18th centuryMyōchin schoolA good russet embossed iron mask of me no shita men (half face) type.Even if the mask in unsigned, the type and the features suggest a smith from the Myochin school.On this page is a comprehensive glossary of common terms related to samurai armor.Menpo for sale   

Half mask for samurai armorLate Edo period (1615 - 1867)-19th centurySigned: MunechikaMyōchin school The severe expression and the lack of wrinkles denotes the ryubu, or "martial". typology.

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