A lacquered-wood mask of a demon Probably Edo Period

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Lot 37
A lacquered-wood mask of a demon
Probably Edo Period
Sold for £ 540 (US$ 710) inc. premium

Lot Details
A lacquered-wood mask of a demon
Probably Edo Period
The interior with a single-line red-pigment inscription: 'Maya-san shaku-do Chiku ho hidari men' (some old wear and damage).
22.5cm (9in) high.

Footnotes

  • Maya-san is one of the highest peaks around Kobe (2,446ft), commanding superb views across Osaka Bay. The mountain is a sacred site for Japanese Buddhism, and is associated with Maya Bunin, Mother of The Buddha. During the Meiji Period, the temple here, known to Gaijin, as 'Moon Temple' housed a small figure of Maya Bunin said to have been made by Order of Wu Ti during the Liang Dynasty era of the 6th century. The sculpture was brought from China by Kobo Daishi. The annual festival of the Moon Temple took place during the 7th Day of the 7th Moon, an occasion during which the pilgrims ascended the mountain by night. Those taking part achieved the same merit as if they had made the ascent 48,000 times. The inscription on the reverse of the mask offered here infers a possible association to this event.
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