Seymour J. Janow, Washington, DC, acquired in Japan, to 2003 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by the family of Seymour J. Janow in 2003
 According to Curatorial Note 1, Ann Yonemura, September 30, 2003, in the object record.
- Previous Owner(s)
Mrs. Selma Janow
This long-nosed red mask represents a tengu. With both bird and human attributes, tengu often are depicted wearing the garments of yamabushi, ascetic Buddhist monks who acquire magical powers. Despite this association, tengu were connected to malicious acts toward Buddhist priests, such as kidnapping them and tying them in trees, driving them mad by implanting impure thoughts, or tricking them into consuming excrement. Masks representing the red-faced tengu were used in shrine dances.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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