You may remember that I have been posting some pictures of a Okitenugui style helmet made by Myochin Ototsugu, artist name of a Japanese armor craftman called Mr. Hayashi who past away about 15 years ago.
Here is another example of his work that some of you certainly seen already.
I am far from sure that it is an Ototsugu, but if the unparalelled expert says so..
Did I hear a slight ironical undertone here?!
Odd how the somen is painted in red car paint too. Seems to have some black wax in the cracks. Yet not natural black staining that you get with shu urushi. Just my opinion of course without inspection.