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A FINE SOMEN [FULL FACE MASK]
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A FINE SOMEN [FULL FACE MASK]

SIGNED MIOCHIN SHIKIBU KI MUNESUKE AND DATED GENROKU 4TH YEAR KANOTO HITSUJI REKI NI GATSU KICHI JITSU [AN AUSPICIOUS DAY IN FEBRUARY OF THE 4TH YEAR OF GENROKU -1691]

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A FINE SOMEN [FULL FACE MASK]
Signed Miochin Shikibu ki Munesuke and Dated Genroku 4th Year Kanoto Hitsuji Reki ni Gatsu Kichi Jitsu [An Auspicious Day in February of the 4th Year of Genroku -1691]
A fine and crisp mask boldly modelled and made in three main pieces, a brow plate with bold crisp eyebrows and wrinkles hinged to the mask, the nose above a hair moustache attached with turning pins, chin and cheeks well defined, a long tube attached to the ase nagashi-no-ana [draining hole] beneath the chin, red lacquered interior, the yodarekake [throat defence] of gold lacquered iron hon kozane [true lamellae] and laced mainly in hi-odoshi [red lacing], the lower row of murasaki odoshi [purple lacing] in kebiki [close laced] style; the centre and corners of the lower plate with shakudo kanamono [soft metal mounts] decorated with chrysanthemums
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Miochin Munesuke is considered to be the 24th master of the Miochin family. He was born in 1642 and died it is thought about 1735, which would make him 49-50 when he made this mask. He was a noted craftsman who excelled in repousee work.
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