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Noh Mask of a Fierce God, Actor, Japanese Theatre, Drama, 19th Century Woodcraft

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Kijin'kei - noh mask of a fierce god Date: 19th century Size: 21.5 x 18 cm Before Buddhism was introduced to Japan over six centuries ago, Shinto was the main system of belief focused on ritual practice. On New Years Eve, it was believed that extreme changes in the climate may occur. Ceremonies were held to repel demons from shrines or temples, and this gradually became a custom among the people. Fierce god masks served two purposes: the first to portray the devil and create disasters or cause the plague, and secondly to ward off evil spirits. Carved and painted hinoki (cypress). Polychrome pigments and gesso over wood. Eyes painted with gold pigment. Well-worn with external areas showing aged wood patina. Scratches throughout the surface. Pigment faded in a few areas. With fabric pouch.

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  • Condition Details
    Well-worn with external areas showing aged wood patina. Scratches throughout the surface. Pigment faded in a few areas.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 8.47 in. x W 7.09 in. x D 3.55 in.H 21.5 cm x W 18 cm x D 9 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    Mask P
  • Reference Number
    LU2404315832121
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