#ACC502 16th Century Russet Iron Mask, signed ASAI KATSUSHIGE

This heavy iron mask has a fine patina and very good embossing work over the face. A large flower shaped decoration on the chin would prevent the helmet cords slipping in battle. 'Sukashi’ (open cut iron work) decoration in the form of a flower with eig

The interior is lacquered red.
The throat is protected by an unusually large 'guruwa’ (wrap around neck guard) made of five lames of black lacquered iron plate, three of which are hinged in two places and held with 'sugake’ (wide spaced) silk lacing.