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Mask of bodhisattva's head, for Gyodo ceremony. Made of black lacquered, gilt and painted wood; also glass.
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Height: 23 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The V&A Museum has a very similar piece (W.127-1928), also acquired from Yamanaka & Co.
In the Gyōdō ceremony derived from Tang China, priests wearing bodhisattva masks parade images outside temples and are preceded by others wearing masks of mythical beings such as the lion-dog (‘shishi’). Bodhisattva masks are particularly associated with ‘raigō’ forms of these ceremonies, enacting the welcome of the dead into paradise.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
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