Seymour J. Janow, Washington, D.C., 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
The use of masks in dance, court ritual, processions, and religious ceremonies expanded and flourished under the patronage of the Japanese imperial court during the seventh and eighth centuries, when a wide variety of performance, dance, and musical forms reached Japan from Korea, China, Southeast and West Asia. The elaborate carved and polychromed wood masks for these performances were probably produced by the sculptors of Buddhist icons, but in later periods, mask carving became a specialized skill that was often fostered within families.
This mask was probably produced and worn for dance performances in a rural area of Japan. Such performances often accompanied religious or agricultural festivals. Although it depicts a person who has lost an eye, the expression of this mask is lively and charming.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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