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, it is believed that its wearer could gain courage and fighting spirit.
It is said that Samurai pften wanted to have his Menpo with a mustache to increase its masculine looking and to make himself stronger.
This Menpo was approximately made in the late Edo period based on its style and condition, while silk lacing might have been refurbished. It is made of Iron and mustache on it.
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. While this Menpo was made in a peaceful time(Edo period), it is perfectly functional.
Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the good place for those who are interested in Samurai culture and Japanese craftsmanship. We deal with antique/replica Samurai swords, armor, sword mountings, traditional Japanese crafts and so on.
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