World War I, 1917
Iron, leather, skin and fabric
H .: 15.5; L .: 16; Thickness: 6 cm
This military face mask has an iron structure entirely covered with fawn leather hugging the relief of the nose. The interior also covered in leather is embellished with fleece at the cheekbones for comfort.
The openings of the eyes, oval in shape, are blocked by iron plates, each incised with five obliques. They allowed good visibility while protecting against hostile projections.
The lower part of the face was adorned with a rib of mesh with tight rings.
The mask was tied behind the head with strips of fabric.
This regulatory protection was worn by British tank soldiers from the appearance of tanks and endowments in France.
Bibliography: A similar mask is reproduced in the book The man and his masks, masterpieces of the Barbier Mueller museums , pages 278-279 and 360.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
TANKIST'S MASK United Kingdom World War I, 1917
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