Iwai Etchu Menpo

Iwai Yozaemon was armorer for Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Momoyama period and was appointed official bakufu armorer when he became sh?gun. His school has then been active in Nara for many decades, producing two main styles of masks, the oie-bo and the etch?-bo. This second one featured very well defined facial treats and the surface was covered with parallel lines called yasurime ("file marks").
On earlier masks,like this one the nose is not detachable, while on later ones, around 1700 it can be unmounted.
This Menpo is in the original condition.