Tetsu sabiji somen by Fukutake Ichiro (1928 - 2002) A fantastic metal art form with the whole surface patinated to a very deep russet iron finish. The metal has been worked to create wrinkles in the forehead nose and checks. There are rope shaped eyebrows and fierce looking eyes. Ichiro is recognized as the most talented of Gendai (modern) smiths in the art of embossing. His works are of such high quality that many of his masks are now in private collections or museums around the world.
1 piece russet iron Somen - posted in Katchu: 1 piece russet iron Somen
Full-face mask Date: Medium: Iron and lacquer.
japanese samurai helmet
Somen (full mask) inscribed by Myochin Muneakira (Japanese, Edo period, Date: dated 1713 Culture: Japanese Medium: Lacquered iron
Somen made by the renowned gendai (modern) katchu-shi (armor maker) Fukutake Ichiro (1928 - 2002), recognized as being one of the few and clearly the most talented of gendai smiths in the art of embossing. Highly respected, Ichiro, as he often signed his works is listed in Dr. Yoshihiko Sasama's Shin Katchu-Shi Meikan.