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|Title:||JAPANESE HANNYA MASK|
|Size:||24.00" x 19.00"|
A very large and uncommon Hannya mask, carved of a single piece of cedar wood with lacquered and metallic finishes. The Hannya mask is used in many noh and kyōgen Japanese plays, as well as in Shinto ritual kagura dances. The image mask portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy. The Hannya mask is said to be demonic and dangerous but also sorrowful and tormented, displaying the complexity of human emotions. When the actor looks straight ahead, the mask appears frightening and angry; when tilted slightly down, the face of the demon appears to be sorrowful, as though crying. A mask of this size was probably displayed outside a Noh Theater. Late 19th century
Dimensions: 24" high X 19" wide x 12" deep
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