Menpo – Stock Item – Sold As Seen.
The Menpo (or men yoroi) is the term for various types of facial armor worn by the samurai class and their retainers in Feudal Japan. This Gashira Class menpo is a copy of an original, which features a mustache (kuchi hige), facial wrinkles (shiwa), posts (odayori ore kugi), detachable nose guard (hana), ear covers (mimi) and throat guard (tare).
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 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 be secured to the samurai warrior’s face.