Gigaku Mask by Unknown Artist

A mask from the Tempyo period (AD 710-794), carved from solid block of softwood, prob.


Softwood (camphor?)
Art Fund grant:
£500 ( Total: £1,608)
Acquired in:
Howard Hollis

camphor, and once covered with gesso, paint and natural hair. Huge domed forehead, powerful realistic features. Was for use in a religious performance known as 'gigaku', about which little is known.

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