Inscribed by Myōchin Muneakira (Japanese, Edo period, 1673–1745)
H. 8 11/16 in. (22.2 cm); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm)
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370
The sharp beak-like nose indicates that this mask represents a type of mountain demon (tengu).
Inscription: Inscribed under the chin: Shōtoku san, midzunoto-mi, sai ni-gwatsu kisshin Miōchin Ki Muneaki giōnen sanjuichi (no) koyomi (or reki?) Bukō, Kanda, ni oite kore wo tsukuru.
(Translation: Miōhcin Ki Muneaki, 31 years old (by the calendar?), made this in (the district of) Kanda, in Bukō (i.e., in Yedo in Musashi province; modern Tokyo), on an auspicious day in February, 1713, Year of the Snake (and the thirtieth year of the 60-year cycle).)