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At A Glance

  • Period

    16th-17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 22.3 x 16.4 x 6.3 cm (8 3/4 x 6 7/16 x 2 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    A very good Okame mask carved finely in Hinoki wood (cypress) is a very sensitive depiction for this licentious country madam who often jests with her partner Hyottoku in sexual forays. Together their fecundity symbolizes a hope and desire for successful agricultural production as well as for the pro-creation of the people. A carver who carved masks for Kyogen plays as well as country masks as it is refined and larger than most mingei masks of this character might have made it. 16th-17th century.
    Appraiser's number: [5]
  • 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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