Wood carving positive mold of Hyottoko mask (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – Making for papier mache mask of Hyottoko. Meiji-Showa period, 19th – early 20th century, Japan. approx. L 20cm (7.87in)
Hyottoko was originally from clown mask of China and Korea as its roots, then Japanized as the guardian god of stove for its blowing-up face like for building a fire. Often seen the dancing festival used such a pair of male mask of Hyottoko and female mask of Okame at all the local places of Japan, and such a pair would be considered as the icon of productiveness because of each “uneven” shape suggesting sexual intercours.
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