M0005113: Japanense somen mask

8 February 1937
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Previous title, replaced November 2021: Japanense Somen Mask (AWAITING MORE INFO)


Photograph of a Japanense somen mask, a form of samuri facial armour covering the whole face. The object was misidentified when it was acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum as a full face iron executioner's mask. It is still held by Wellcome Collection and was previously on display in the Medicine Man gallery. Related images: M0005114


8 February 1937

Physical description

1 photograph glass plate negative; 12 x 16.5 cm


Catalogue data comes from a combination of entries in the original glass plate registers, metadata created when the glass plates were digitised in the early 2000s and enhancements made by the cataloguer in 2020.

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