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Rare Edo Period Kyogen Theater Nio Guardian King Mask

Rare Edo Period Kyogen Theater Nio Guardian King Mask


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1800: Item # 1132139

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A powerful and extremely rare Japanese Edo Period Kyogen mask of a Nio Guardian King, ferocious native deities, often associated with the Naga Dragon Kings, who converted to Buddhism and now act as bodyguards for the Buddha. The Edo period was the golden age of Noh Drama. Kyogen theater was performed between Noh acts. This mask is a brilliantly carved work of art, accentuating the dramatic power of this important mythical figure. The mask was covered in layered colored gofun (oyster shell lacquer). 9 x 7 inches, 23 x 18 cm.