Lot 2206. Exceptional mask of a deceased Person

Starting price:€ 3 000
Auction date:07.12.2017   11:00
ID 19245
Lot 2206Exceptional mask of a deceased Person
Japan. 19. Century

Cedar (sugi), carved and finely painted. Human hair, to thin stripes linked. Teeth made from bone, carved. Unusual Portrait of a deceased Person with closed eyes and deep in the caves, sunken eyeballs. The slightly opened mouth bared yellow, somewhat irregular teeth. On the forehead, under the open and unkempt in the face with falling hair, with dark veins and short hair are painted strands.

The extremely realistic representation dated the mask to the 19th century. Century Based on Nô-mask of Kagekiyo, is not stylized, the presentation as usual, but a frightening reality. A work of art by Hokusai with a similar theme, namely, two severed heads, was in Dec. 2014 in the premises of VAN HAM sold (A. 347, Lot 249).

We would like to thank Stephen Marvin, author of "Heaven Has a Face; So Does HelLänge: The Art of The Noh Mask", for the kind remarks. Length 24cm, width 15cm, depth approx. 7cm. Condition A/B. On the chin and the right cheek on the surface restored.
-Rhenish private collection, acquired CA. in 1977 as Lot 97 in the Klefisch auction no. 12

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