Three Japanese Carved Wood Theatrical Masks
Group of three Japanese carved and painted wood theatrical masks. Each mounted on a contemporary metal stand.
The masks are also available individually with descriptions and prices below:
Mask 1 (left): Japanese folk mask carved of Paulownia (kiri) wood with some original pigments and gesso finishes remaining. The carving slightly aysymetrical in nature giving the mask an overall comical appearance.
The mask measuring 7" high x 5 ½" wide.
10" high on contemporary stand.
Mask 2 (center):
Japanese theatrical mask carved of wood. Used during Buddhist ceremonies and festivals, this mask depicts Bishamon-tenno one of the Bodhisattvas of Compassion and the chief of the gaurdian kings of the four cardinal points. Bishamon-ten was also believed to have been a healing God as well as a guardian of wealth and was worshipped accordingly.
Some losses and worm damage at the edges.
Early Edo Period (17th century).
The mask measuring 8 ½" high x 5 ½" wide.
16" high on contemporary stand.
Mask 3 (right):
Japanese mask carved of Hyottoko, a character featured in traditional Kagura performances. The mask is extremely comical and represents a man either whistling or trying to kindle a fire by blowing on it. Hyottoko is closely associated with Okame, a plump-looking young girl who symbolizes prosperity and well being. Okame and Hyottoko often appear together in comical and satirical plays. Carved of paulownia (kiri) wood.
Late 19th century.
The mask measuring 7 ½" high x 6 ¾" wide.
11" high on contemporary stand.