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  • Material

    Wood and red lacquer

  • Size

    20.6 (h) x 14.5 cm

  • Period

    Edo Period, 17th-18th century


Kagura mask, demon type


A kagura mask representing an unidentified local demon. Kagura (Literally, "god-entertainment") refers to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance with roots that predate those of Nō.

Once strictly a ceremonial art derived from kami'gakari (Literally, "oracular divination"), kagura has evolved in many directions over the span of more than a millennium. Today it is very much a living tradition, with rituals tied to the rhythms of the agricultural calendar.