A mask from the Tempyo period (AD 710-794), carved from solid block of softwood, prob.
Gigaku Mask by Unknown Artist, 725794
© British Museum
- 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.