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Gigaku Mask
19th century.
Lacquer over wood.
Approximately 14 x 16 x 10 inches.

The gigaku dance is a performance art coming originally from China in the 7th century. It was a bold art form with large masks. This mask is the image of Kongara Rekishi, one of the imposing figures at the gates of a temple. The large, coarse form of the face and nose and distended forehead all project a figure of power and menace. This of course is the role of a guardian figure. This mask was made as a work of art in the 19th century. This mask is made of hinoki wood covered with colored lacquers with human hair projecting from the jowls as whiskers. It is a masterpiece of carving and expressiveness.

Condition: Excellent.

Price: $22,000

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