Bodhisattva mask for Gyōdō

From Japan
Kamakura period, 13th century AD

Gyōdō was a ceremony derived originally from China in the Tang dynasty (AD 618-906). Priests wearing bodhisattva masks paraded outside temples. Bodhisattva masks are particularly associated with the raigō forms of these ceremonies, which enacted the welcome of the dead into Paradise by the Buddha Amida (Sanskrit: Amitabha). This example is made of lacquered, painted and gilded wood. The procession was led by dancers carrying a shishi mask to exorcise the route.

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Height: 23.000 cm
Width: 20.030 cm

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Asia JA 1963.7-22.1


Gift of Lady Francis Oppenheimer


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