Ressei menpo

Half mask for samurai armor with fierce expression

Myōchin school, early Edo Period (1615-1867)
17th century

Rare mask of fierce (ressei) expression, with bold lines and a large nose.

Large draining hole (asegashi-no-ana) and thin iron sheet, as typical of older masks.

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

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