Myochin Muneakira (Edo Period, 1673–1745) - Menpo (Face Armour), Mask. Dated 1745. Lacquered Iron. The Armorer's Masterpiece, this Mask by Muneakira was already Famous when it was Reproduced in a Woodcut Book Illustration in 1763. The Mask Represents Jikokuten, Guardian of the East––one of the Four Kings of Heaven. The Mask retains its Original Silk Head Covering sewn to the upper edges. Front View. Signed on Chin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Armor with the features of a tengu (tengu tōsei gusoku) Late Edo period, 1854. Iron, lacquer, vegetable fiber, bear fur, leather, feathers, and fabric. The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas.
Japanese Kyogen mask. Japan, Painted wood. Kyogen originated in the 14th century, around the same time as the Noh plays. Actors perform the drama wearing masks. The Noh drama centers around themes such as spirituality, love and revenge. In contrast, Kyogen offers comic relief and satirical humor performed between the acts of Noh performances.