Title: Antique Hatsu-Muri for Samurai
What is Hatsu-Muri/ Happuri ?
Hatsu-Muri/ Happuri (半首) is a mask that guards, especially the forehead and cheek. According to a theory, warriors started using it in the Heian period (794-1185). It is said even lower Samurai, who did not wear armor, wore Hatsu-Muri. However, it has gradually declined since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). It is considered Hatsu-Muri, which was made in the Heian period is almost non-exist today. Many existing Hatsu-Muri were made in the Edo period.
The principal material is leather, and the backside is painted with lacquer. The Cherry blossom pattern decorates this mask. This flower symbolizes spring, and it has been loved for a long time. People appreciate this motif for sword mountings and for Kimono (traditional Japanese costume) or furnishings. It is one of the most popular flower designs in Japan.
*As this product is an antique, there are damages such as scratches; please check each photo.
Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, original Japanese sword mounting, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card) or Paypal. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming the payment from you, we will apply for an export permit. You can either pay in Japanese Yen or US Dollars. The price is decided in Japanese Yen. The price in US dollar is calculated automatically based on an exchange rate.
We ship via EMS (Japanese Postal Service). It normally takes at least 5-14 days to receive any packages after you place an order.
It might take longer depending on the season or custom clearance. We will inform your order’s tracking number via email.
*Please keep in mind there is a significant delay expected in delivery with EMS in some countries due to the pandemic in the world. We offer free shipping only when we can ship by EMS. Therefore, if you like us to ship with a different shipping carrier such as UPS, we will charge additional costs. If you want to know the detail of shipping, please feel free to contact us.
How to make sure the condition
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