We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
Japanese Horse Gas Shroud and Mask
I'm not sure of this items age but guessing it's WWII. I have been collecting unique items like this for years and have never seen another example. The protective cover is for a full size horse as is the gas mask. People are always surprised that horses would wear gas masks. If the rider needed a mask then so did the horse. Otherwise the rider would be walking. It is signed in Japanese on the underside. The custom-made museum display stand is almost as impressive as the equipment. I had to take a picture of it. The stand really brings this display to life. 45 in.Hx54 in.Wx24 in.D $4,200