Mme. Florine Langweil (1861-1958), Paris, to 1905 
From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Mme. Florine Langweil in 1905 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1208, pg. 280, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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
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
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- Rights Statement
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