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Nō Mask of Ōbeshimi

Location

JAPAN

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Nō Mask of Ōbeshimi

Date

Probably 18th-19th c.

Materials

Carved wood, lacquer

Dimensions

20.8 x 14.3 cm

Credits

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Birks, inv. 1949.50.Ee.3

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The ōbeshimi mask portrays a type of demon, the tengu, an imaginary creature, part-bird, part-human, with supernatural power. With its mouth clenched and eyes bulging out, it represents the arrogance and threatening power of the tengu, who often acts against the moral code of Buddhism.

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