Wood with pigment

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    16th-17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Kusunoki wood (laurel or camphor wood) with colored pigment
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 19.4 x 13.6 x 4.9 cm (7 5/8 x 5 3/8 x 1 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    A very nice sensitive mask with very good age of Jo-men (old man) with a very fine old patina in Kusunoki wood (laurel or camphor wood), and nice aging of the front and back of the mask. Three beautifully cut inscriptions appear on the back, add importance to this fine mask. The mask resembles a style akin to Korean carvers who also worked in Japan and this mask resembles a Bugaku mask in style. Very nice condition overall. 16th-17th century.
    Appraiser's number: [3]
  • Inscriptions

    1. (Jerry Solomon, independent appraiser, 12 April 2003) Three beautifully cut inscriptions appear on the back.
  • Provenance

    To 2003
    Seymour J. Janow, Washington, DC, acquired in Japan, to 2003 [1]
    From 2003
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by the family of Seymour J. Janow in 2003
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 1, Ann Yonemura, September 30, 2003, in the object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. Selma Janow
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Collected by Seymour J. Janow and gifted in his memory by his family
  • Type

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