This Hoate (Cheek 頬当)) is a Gashira quality menpo without a nose, that covers the face below the eyes to below the chin and includes the tare (throat guard). The hoate were commonly refereed by samurai warriors as a battle mask and was the Men-yoroi (facial armor) of choice by many samurai on the battlefield. It provided jaw and chin protection without impeding vision or breathing.
The menpo was traditionally used, not only to protect the face in battle, but to help hold the cords of the kabuto (helmet) to the warrior’s head, while providing protection from the shinobi-no-o (kabuto rope). The shinobi–no-o, would typically tie around the ore kugi (L-shaped post), located on the menpo cheeks, and then down under the chin. The menpo could have a cord, which tied over the crown of the warriors head, and/or could be tied to the shinobi-no-o, to better secure it to the warrior’s face.
Our menpo, like all of our products, are full sized and functional. It can fit your existing kabuto, or looks great displayed by itself with one of our Menpo Display Stands. It can be worn for bushido training, re-enactment, or as part of a costume in a theater performance or TV production.
Features: Traditional Gashira design
- 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.
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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