Happuri (open face armored 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 mengu (face armor mask) protects the forehead and cheeks from attacks and the shinobi-no o (kabuto cord), without hindering the warriors vision or breathing. It was a common mengu (facial armor) for all warriors of the time from Heian to the mid part of the Muromachi Period (794 – 1450 AD), then made popular again in the Edo era. 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.
Iron Mountain Armory crafts their samurai armor from traditional designs in order to reproduce the most historical accurate traditional armor for the modern warrior. This happuri mengu makes a perfect addition to any SCA, LARP, Cosplay or collection needs. This iconic facial armor makes a great addition to any collection or unique gift, displayed in your dojo, home, office or studio.
Features: Gashira Class
- Traditional Heian Era Happuri design.
- Full sized and functional.
- Offered in a variety of paint colors.
- Stand available.
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