SHISHIGASHIRA – Japanese local deified lion face mask (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – Wooden ‘Shishigashira’ (Lion’s face mask) as enshrined deity protecting the people against evils, which was used for rituals of Kagura in local village (specially called ‘Gongen-sama’ as its symbol of ‘kami’ in Tohoku region). Been succeeded to be used for long time by frequent repainting as a worshipped local deity. Signed “Meiji 3” (1872), but probably earlier than this age as originally.
approx. Length to nose-tip 30cm (11.81in), Width 23cm (9.05in), Height to ears 26cm (10.23in)
Item price: $350
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