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Two mempo [face masks] | Edo period, 18th - 19th century

The Charlier and Cortina Collection of Exotic Samurai Helmets and Armour

Two mempo [face masks] | Edo period, 18th - 19th century

Two mempo [face masks] | Edo period, 18th - 19th century

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The Charlier and Cortina Collection of Exotic Samurai Helmets and Armour

Two mempo [face masks]

Edo period, 18th - 19th century 


the first, a black lacquered iron face mask with fierce expression (ressei mempo), formed in one piece with deeply wrinkled face and open mouth, yak hair moustache and beard, gold lacquer teeth, red lacquer interior, three-tiered throat protector with close-spaced lacing (kebiki odoshi) in dark blue braid; the second, a simulated russet iron (sabiji-nuri) lacquered face mask, detachable elongated nose plate, horse hair moustache and chin tuft, sabiji-nuri lacquer teeth, sabiji-nuri interior, two tiered throat protector with close-spaced lacing (kebiki odoshi) in dark blue braid, both accompanied with a black metal stand as illustrated


20.5 cm., 8⅛ in. wide (the first)

19 cm., 7½ in. wide (the second)

The first with some old wear to the black lacquer surface and cracking to both sides above the open mouth, the gilt of the teeth touched-in, some minor wear to the silk braid, the red lacquer interior with similar cracking, some chips, lacquer losses and restoration to the top edge; the second with the sabiji lacquer surface worn in places and some areas of loss around the ears, the lacquer to the interior of the mask with extensive chipping, some areas of lacquer loss, the throat protector with the silk braid in worn condition and slightly detached.


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