8 - 9 June 2004
A BISHAMON MENPO [MASK]
Momoyama Period (Late 16th century)
The mask of pressed leather and black lacquered, with the lips and teeth in red, red lacquered interior, a three lame yodarekake laced with dark blue spaced lacing
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Kazuo Iida, Kachu Men [Armour Masks], (Tokyo, 1991), no. 107.
Bishamon Ten, one of the Shichifukujin [Seven Gods of Good Luck], is usually depicted wearing armour, which maybe a reason for his likeness being used in armour.
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