Seymour J. Janow, Washington, DC, acquired in Japan, to 2003 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by the family of Seymour J. Janow in 2003
 According to Curatorial Note 1, Ann Yonemura, September 30, 2003, in the object record.
- Previous Owner(s)
Mrs. Selma Janow
Masks, considered religious icons in themselves, were not always meant for performances. A believer offered this example to a shrine to accrue divine goodwill. Notice how the eyes have no holes to see through; the mask was never intended to be worn. But this type of mask—called beshimi and used to represent fierce demons and other powerful creatures—was also popular for use in rituals and theater.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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