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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Muneyasu, Myochin (designed and made by)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Iron facemask (Japanese somen - lit. 'entire face') by Myochin Muneyasu; soft russet-iron patination with an appearance of a heavily wrinkled and veined older man. There is a long thick white moustache (perhaps of horse-hair) and large eyeballs applied in silver. The upper and lower parts are joined by butterfly hinges.

Physical description

Iron facemask (Japanese somen - lit. 'entire face') by Myochin Muneyasu.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1800 (made)


Muneyasu, Myochin (designed and made by)

Marks and inscriptions

'Myochin Muneyasu'
Signed with maker's name

Descriptive line

Met, Japan, armour and helmets


Iron; Hair; Silver


Arms & Armour


East Asia Collection

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