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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).
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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 (Miōhcin Ki Muneaki, 31 years old [by the calendar?], made this in [the district of] Kanda, in Bukō [in Yedo in Musashi province; modern day Tokyo], on an auspicious day in February, 1713, Year of the Snake [and the thirtieth year of the 60-year cycle].
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Japanese Armor Gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Connoisseur 148 (September 1961). p. 16, ill.

Boger, Batterson H. The Traditional Arts of Japan: A Complete Illustrated Guide. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1964. p. 111, ill.



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