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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If you see these masks advertised elsewhere in Australia, they are fake cheap copies made in Chinese factories, please be aware.
As with my other review, the mask came well packaged and quite quickly from the purchase date.
Compared to my Heron Ghost Oni Mask, this mask is a bit wider of a fit. The strap is comfortable and definitely enough for this when adjusted correctly. However with most masks, I would recommend some sort of upgraded strap for high mobility activities. It is not at all heavy or tiring to wear.
The finish and quality of this mask is superb. Another 10/10.
Very happy with both of my purchases.