A Happuri, or open face mask, is the term for a style of facial armor worn by the early samurai warrior class and their retainers. Happuri were crafted from leather or iron in an upside down U shape. This face mask would protect the forehead and cheeks when worn, without hindering the warriors vision or breathing. It was a common mengu (facial armor) for all warriors of that time from the Heian to the mid part of the Muromachi Period (794 – 1450 AD). This Happuri is a traditional design, copied from an original Heian Era facial armor, and looks great worn in the field or displayed one of our menpo stands.
Features: Traditional design based on Heian Era face masks.
- Full sized and functional
- Offered in a variety of paint colors
- Stand available
- Gashira quality
Handcrafted by the Iron Mountain Armory at the time of your order. Please allow at least 1 to 2 weeks for the crafting of this item.
Dimensions: 17×20 cm in front, and 25 cm circumference measured from ear to ear, over the eyes.
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References: “The Samurai Armour Glossary” by Ian Bottomley & David Thatcher / “The Watanabe Art Museum Samurai Armour Collection Volume 1: Kabuto & Mengu” By Trevor Absolon