Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1615-1868
Medium
Wood with paint and hair
Dimensions
H x W x D: 23.9 x 18.8 x 9.4 cm (9 7/16 x 7 3/8 x 3 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1905.314
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Mask
Type

Mask

Keywords
demon, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan
Provenance

To 1905
Mme. Florine Langweil (1861-1958), Paris, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Mme. Florine Langweil in 1905 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1208, pg. 280, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Mme. Florine Langweil (C.L. Freer source) 1861 - 1958

Label

This mask represents a demon (oni). It probably was used in tsuina (or oni yarai), a ritual exorcism performed on the night before the New Year to drive out demons. The eyes once may have been covered with gilt metal to create a gleaming, fearsome appearance.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum