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Mask

Armorer:
Inscribed by Myōchin Muneakira (Japanese, Edo period, 1673–1745)
Date:
dated 1713
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Iron, lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 8 11/16 in. (22.2 cm); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Masks
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914
Accession Number:
14.100.45
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370
The sharp beak-like nose indicates that this mask represents a type of mountain demon (tengu).
Inscription: Inscribed under the chin:
Shōtoku san, midzunoto-mi, sai
ni-gwatsu kisshin
Miōchin Ki Muneaki
giōnen sanjuichi (no) koyomi (or reki?)
Bukō, Kanda, ni oite kore wo tsukuru.

(Translation: Miōhcin Ki Muneaki, 31 years old (by the calendar?), made this in (the district of) Kanda, in Bukō (i.e., in Yedo in Musashi province; modern Tokyo), on an auspicious day in February, 1713, Year of the Snake (and the thirtieth year of the 60-year cycle).)
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