Antique Japanese Signed Kagura Mask
Excellent Antique Kagura Mask – Karasu Tengu 天狗, 1900-1920. An authentic & scarce Antique Signed Japanese Kagura Theatrical Drama Mask. Meiji Era 1900-1920. This mask was hand crafted using the Kanshitsu process (Hemp cloth, mixed with wood dust & lacquer). The character of this mask is “Karasu Tengu” 天狗 one of the supernatural “Yōkai” monster-spirits. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tengu
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Traditional Kagura Drama, 神楽, かぐら (“God-Entertainment”) is an ancient traditional form of Shinto theatrical drama dance much predating both Noh & Kabuki. Once strictly a formal ceremonial art derived from kami’gakari 神懸, かみがかり, (“Oracular Divination”) and “Chinkon” 鎮魂, ちんこん, (“spirit pacification”), it has evolved over many centuries. Contemporary Kagura is now a traditional ritual related to the agricultural calendar & a vibrant Kabuki-esque Theatre. It is particularly popular in parts of Shimane prefecture and urban Hiroshima.
Stand not included.