Japanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji EraJapanese Mask,  Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji Era

This mask was made in Gigaku style. Gigaku, Japan's earliest masks, were used in Japan for a dance drama (or play without words) as early as 612 AD. Unlike Noh masks which just cover the face, gigaku are larger and cover the whole front of the head. I am grateful to Arie Vos of Kitsune Japanese Art Gallery for identifying this character as "Taikofu", a tottering old man.

Like a Noh mask, the interior is covered in a cloth and impregnated with sizing - the exterior is reddish-brown lacquer with black, red, and gold highlights. Measurements are 10-1/4" high x 6-1/2" wide.

There is some damage to the mask. It is structurally sound, but please scrutinize the photos.

Item ID: 211


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Japanese Mask, Lacquer on Papier Mache, Antique Meiji Era

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