Ronin Kensei Menpo
(Wood Bronze Paint Finish)
The legendary Oni of Japanese folklore are hugely varied in appearance's but are generally portrayed as terrifying, massive ogre / orc -like creatures with horns emerging from their heads, with sharp claws , huge teeth and wild hair.
Sometimes worn along with their Hannya 般若 mask counterparts in Noh theatre, Kabuki performances and plays the Hannya & Oni mask were frequently used during the Japanese sengoku (warring states)period.
Seen also with its influence in Japanese Samurai armour by way of the Oni / Hannya becoming a design choice for many Menpo masks (face cheek armour) among Samurai warriors of the time.
Having a half-mask (Menpo) designed to strike fear into men on the battlefield would surely be advantageous in securing a victory and also a sign of strength & prestige for the individual , for Samurai Armour was not cheap.
In modern Japan the Hannya which was originally designed to represent a "jealous & malevolent female spirit " and the Oni Masks originally representing "Evil demons" or Oni possessive spirts are now mostly used for festivals and to "Guard" or protect against said spirits.
Much like Gargoyles in the west, their function is now more so as protective Guardians, both for the household/businesses and oneself .
Handmade & Skillfully Painted from Original Carvings
High Quality Fiberglass Construction Direct from the Artisan
(not cheap plastic imitation)
Fits nearly all adult head sizes.
Padding : A basic soft padding is lined on the inside of the mask for comfort.
Straps : Straps are attached & are adjustable to allow for better fitting to your face.
Material : Made from high quality fiberglass.
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We are the ONLY exclusive Dealer of the Oni/Hannya Mask in Australia with permission given directly by the Artisan.
If you see these masks advertised elsewhere in Australia, they are fake cheap copies made in Chinese factories, please be aware.
An excellently constructed and painted Menpo in a traditional style. The mask is on the large size but I have a big head (I wear an XXL motorcycle helmet!) so it might not fit a smaller head well. The construction material is sturdy and has a solid, well built feel to it. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars (the site won't allow half stars) as the strap could be a little wider to fit better. Bought as a present for a family member who has yet to receive it. I'll be ordering a full.sized mask for myself soon!