Antique Late Edo Period Menpo Face Guard for Samurai Armor
Menpo is a Japanese word that means the face guard of Samurai armor. There are so many types of Menpo hand-crated during the Samurai period (1185-1868). The Menpo itself has rich facial expressions depending on their designs. By wearing a furious-looking Menpo, we believed its wearer could gain courage and fighting spirit. It is said that Samurai often wanted to have his Menpo with a mustache to increase its masculine looking and to make himself stronger, although this Menpo is not in this case.
This Menpo was approximately made in the late Edo period based on its style and condition, while silk lacing might have been refurbished. This Menpo was beautifully finished with black lacquer, and it makes this Menpo looks elegant.
Compared to the previous period, the Edo period was a relatively peaceful time (early 17th-Late 19th century). During that time, owning a gorgeous piece of Samurai armor became a social status symbol to show dignity. In other words, Samurai armor also became treated as luxurious artwork. Many armor makers had to improve their technique and use the latest technology available back then to enhance armor’s aesthetic beauty. This trend applies to the crafting of Menpo as well.
You can see beautiful artistry from this Menpo.
*As this item is an antique, there are damages due to aging such as scratches or dents. Please check each photo and ensure its condition. We hope you will enjoy it as the texture of an antique item.
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【How to make sure the condition】
Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision.
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