Antique Japanese Lacquer Processional Shishi Mask


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Antique Japanese Lacquer Processional Shishi Mask


A Superb Japanese Meiji Period Lacquer Processional Lion Dog (Shishi) Mask, circa 1880, with hinged jaw moving tongue and ears, in red and black lacquer with gilt highlights. Often carved from cedar wood this type of mask was used in Japanese theatre and street festivals, sometimes carried by a single person or a line of people wearing a textile body, the Shishi went before Bodhisattvas in religious street processions. One of the most famous processions is the Gion Matsuri festival held in Kyoto in July.

45cm high (with open jaw), 37cm wide, 35cm deep.

See this link for a similar example in the British Museum


circa 1880

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With a lifelong passion for the subject, Lisa has worked in the word of art and antiques for over 25 years.  Sixteen of these were spent as a Director of an Auctioneers in London before moving to South West France with her husband Marc Allum to restore a rambling 17th Century Chateau, which they used as base to host art and antique holidays. 
After returning to the UK in 2012, Hand of Glory was born, offering an eclectic mix of antiques, objects and.... in the words of John Tradescant; 'anything strang (sic)'
In addition to running Hand of Glory, Lisa also writes for various magazines.
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