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Miniature dog mask

Accession Number
1970/1.191

Title
Miniature dog mask

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
18th century

Medium & Support
dark reddish brown lacquer on wood

Dimensions
5 7/8 in. x 5 3/16 in. x 2 3/4 in. ( 14.92 cm x 13.2 cm x 6.95 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection

Label copy
This mask is made for the lion dance, a ritual performance brought to the Far East along with Buddhism. Its small size suggests that this mask was made for a boy dancer. The movable lower jaw is a device to create a more lively performance.

Primary Object Classification
Decorative Arts

Primary Object Type
figure

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
dogs
masks

4 Related Resources

Buddhism
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
PAST - Dogs 
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )

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