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
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.
Eyes : Steel mesh is available at no extra cost to cover the eyes if requested.
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First off; the mask came well packaged in a sturdy, undamaged cardboard box and wrapped in bubble wrap. It does arrive with the horns detached but it takes about two minutes to have it all put together with the screws provided.
The fit and finish on these is amazing and are quite comfortable compared to some other masks I've worn.
I will say the strap is definitely good enough but at the same time not the best. It is comfortable but quite basic. If you plan to be wearing this for long periods of time or during a high movement activity, I would highly recommend changing the strap for something a bit more durable.
The mask is definitely a 10/10. I generally buy different masks as wall pieces and this one is definitely a standout from the rest.
Very happy with the purchase. Only took around 10 days to get it too!