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#1 javier

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 12:37 PM


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Interesting Shokumō menpō.


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#2 Bazza

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:55 PM

Must have belonged to the Monkey King!!!

 

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 02:45 PM

I will post my thoughts, and they are just mine. The odoshi on the tare is "aged" and mucky and dirty. Look at some of the cross-knots and how nasty filthy they are. Now look at the pristine bear fur. Makes you go hummmmm.

 

Makes me think a restoration or change has occurred post original production.


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#4 Carlo Giuseppe Tacchini

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:06 PM

Must have belonged to the Monkey King!!!

 

BaZZa.

 

Methink it's from Ewok Kingdom on Endor wooden moon.


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 07:53 AM

Giuseppe normally knows what he is buying. I have seen an almost totally fur covered armor in an privat collection. Not in this manner, though.....
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 07:45 PM

Giuseppe normally knows what he is buying. 

Indeed. Guess he'll honestly reply to any question about eventual restoration.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:35 AM

I will post my thoughts, and they are just mine. The odoshi on the tare is "aged" and mucky and dirty. Look at some of the cross-knots and how nasty filthy they are. Now look at the pristine bear fur. Makes you go hummmmm.
 
Makes me think a restoration or change has occurred post original production.

It is described as being "probably hare"....as in a rabbit type fur....not "bear"...and it does not look "pristine" at all to me.
 
Shokumō menpō
Furred samurai armor mask
Mid to late Edo period
19th century
The mask is built in two parts and the nose can be detached. The entire surface of the menpō and the last plate on the yodarekake is covered with a soft fur, probably hare.
Originally, hair-covered menpō and kabuto were made to protect against the rain, usually using bear-fur, but in this case the surface is intended to be decorative. The most famous armor completely furred is probably the one owned by Katagiri Matsumoto (1556-1615) now at Osaka Castle Museum. A kabuto covered with a similar fur, not bear-fur, was used by Matsudaira Chikatada, and there are not many known suits of armor that bear this kind of surface.
 
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