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Mask  Inscribed by Myochin Muneakira  (Japanese, Edo period, 1673–1745)  Date: dated 1713 Culture: Japanese Medium: Lacquered iron:

Mask Inscribed by Myochin Muneakira (Japanese, Edo period, 1673–1745) Date: dated 1713 Culture: Japanese Medium: Lacquered iron:

Gigaku mask  Japan  11.5 inches, painted ceramic  Gigaku is an ancient dance drama that was brought to Japan from the mainland in the early 7th century. Typically the masks have a more dramatic expression and usually portray lion heads, bird-beaked creatures, demons and super humans. This one is Ryou Oh, a famous king and fierce warrior. It makes for a scary, but rather handsome, wall mask. Or it could be Garuda, the famous god who is also revered in Indonesian and Indian cultures.  	    H

Gigaku mask Japan 11.5 inches, painted ceramic Gigaku is an ancient dance drama that was brought to Japan from the mainland in the early 7th century. Typically the masks have a more dramatic expression and usually portray lion heads, bird-beaked creatures, demons and super humans. This one is Ryou Oh, a famous king and fierce warrior. It makes for a scary, but rather handsome, wall mask. Or it could be Garuda, the famous god who is also revered in Indonesian and Indian cultures. H

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