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Hyottoko mask

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th-16th century
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 20.6 x 13.4 x 5.4 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/4 x 2 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    A very powerful and excellently carved old Hyottoku mask with fine expression. This type of quality mask could have been carved by Koreans in Japan, or was originally influenced by Korean Folk artists. The large size Mingei mask with superb patina is a wonderful example of sensitive expressive carving by the best of earl Mingei carvers. This mask, which dates from the 14th-16th century, served as a predecessor of later Noh and Kyogen masks.
    Appraiser's number: [15]
  • 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
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