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.

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Dimensions

Width: 37.000 cm

Museum number

Asia OA+7197

JCR4923

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