This Japanese antique Kagura 神楽 mask represents the character of Susana-No-Mikoto. It is an authentic old antique hand carved wood . hand painted and lacquered mask. It is at least over 100 years old and there are no artist markings, in my opinion dating to at least the mid-1800's Edo Period. The character of Susana-No-Mikoto was the brother of Amaterasu-Omikami whose ways were so obnoxious that she sent him into a cave. The gods then sent him to Izumo where he married Inada Hime, the daughter of God Ashina-Tsuchi. He has a white face, thick black eyebrows and goatee accented by his scowling face, and gold eyes and teeth. The character information came from the seller in Japan. He is worshipped as the God of the Moon, Tide, and the Sea. Please see the site called Iwami-Kagura which we have added to our Favorites Links on our Homepage for more information and a complete listing of characters. This mask was most likely dry lacquered as it has some chipping and loss to the paint on the top and bottom, as well as just under the nose. But, it is very old. Please see the related pictures. Super reduced sales price. Still a valuable classic collector's item.
SIZE: Height About 8- 8.5" or 21.59 cm, Width 5.75" or 14.60 cm, Depth 3" or 7.62 cm
The Kagura is 神楽, かぐら
Kagura is one of several types of traditional performing arts of Japan. According to my studies, this is a very old part of the Japanese culture, with roots arguably predating those of Noh Theater.
The Kagura is 神楽, かぐら, god-entertainment is a Japanese word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance—Once strictly a ceremonial art derived from kami'gakari 神懸, かみがかり, oracular divination and chinkon 鎮魂, ちんこん, . Kagura has evolved in many directions over the span of a millennium. Today it is very much a living tradition, with rituals tied to the rhythms of the agricultural calendar, as well as vibrant Kabuki-esque theatre, thriving primarily in parts of Shimane prefecture, and urban centers such as Hiroshima.
This Japanese Vintage Nabeshima porcelain ornament or statue of Hotei was handmade by the famous Japanese 1st class potter Choshun Ogasawara. A Hotei in Japan is one of the Seven Lucky Gods, amd is called Budai in China. He is the god of happiness and plenty and usually seen carrying his bag full of money or other pleasures. His name means ‘Cloth Sack,’ and comes from the bag that he carries. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Budai 笑佛. This lovely ornament is a high quality Nabeshima piece, is well-made, and a wonderful rendition in Nabeshima celadon. It was made about 30-40 years ago. The blue porcelain or celadon work of Choshun Ogasawara has been evaluated by many people in Japan and won many awards. He has inscribed this piece with his mark or name on the bottom. It is in very good vintage condition with no visible cracks or chips. It has minor age discoloring on the bottom. The quality of hand workmanship as always of Nabeshima and the potter can be seen in this piece, a rare small vintage Hotei on his own stand.
SIZE: Height About 8 inches tall, Depth about 3.3 inches or 8.5 cm information was left from another piece; to be confirmed or please inquie
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