Gigaku Mask of Drunken Foreign Attendant (Suikojū)

Gigaku Mask of Drunken Foreign Attendant (Suikojū)

伎楽面・酔胡従

710-94

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

Location

Did you know?

The king served by this attendant is sometimes described as Persian.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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