• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 602

    A wood Gigaku mask with crown


    Price Realised  


    A wood Gigaku mask with crown
    Nara period (8th century)
    With downturned bulbous nose and tongue sticking out, wearing a short crown, decorated in black, red and white pigment over dry lacquer (kanshitsu)
    13¾in. (35cm.) long
    Wood storage box inscribed Gigaku men, Yano Takehide sensei aigan, Nogami Toyoichiro kan (Gigaku mask, treasured by Yano Takehide sensei, authenticated by [the Noh mask scholar] Nogami Toyoichiro) and Showa juyonen hachigatsu San Sebasutian ni oite (August 1939, San Sebastian) on the reverse

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