総面 Full Face Mask or Somen
What is Somen of Samurai Armor?
This is a mask that covers the entire face. It was used to protect the face, which was vulnerable, from attacks by arrows and swords. It appeared during the Nanboku-cho period. In the Edo period, many items with elaborate decorative techniques and little practicality were seen, and it was made again by armorers of the Myochin school.
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