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very old hampo

Late Muromachi or very early Edo iron mask, or hampo.

Of the same school as that of Yoshimichi/Takayoshi, it very closely resembles that of a drawing in the Meiko zukan, and ancient text on armours in gerenal. One feature that makes it stand out, is that the section nearest the top of the nose closes in whereas most hampo are V-shaped in design, leaving most of the cheek areas fairly exposed. This design offers better facial protection.

Natural russet iron, fairly heavy, it has a single oyatori under the chin area. The mask, without its yodarekake weighs about 450 gr; with it, close to 650 gr.

17th Century (late Muromachi/very early Edo)

Price: SOLD


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