Paulownia wood, lacquered and painted
Overall: 28 x 21 x 18.5 cm (11 x 8 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1949.158
The king served by this attendant is sometimes described as Persian.
This mask is for the role of an attendant to a foreign king in gigaku, a theatrical dance repertoire imported to Japan from continental Asia during the seventh century. The king and his entourage perform a drunken dance. While the mask would cover the entire head of the actor, there are openings for the eyes, nostrils, and mouth.
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