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.
Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head about 1460 Italian This helmet is the earliest surviving example of Renaissance armor all'antica (in the antique style). The helmet represents the head of the Nemean Lion, whose pelt was worn as a headdress and cloak by the mythological hero Hercules. http://www.metmuseum.org