Explore highlights
Mask of a shishi

 

Width: 37.000 cm

Asia OA+7197

    Mask of a shishi

    Japan
    Edo period, 19th century AD

    The shishi (leonine creature) mask was used in the theatre and in street festivals, sometimes carried by a single person and sometimes by a team wearing a textile body. Led by masked boys, the shishi went before bodhisattvas in religious street processions.

    The mask is made of painted and gilt wood with horse-hair.

    Highlights

    Browse or search over 4,000 highlights from the Museum collection

    Shop Online

    How to make origami, £14.99

    How to make origami, £14.99