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Mask in the Shape of a Mountain Demon's Face

early 18th century
Iron, lacquer, textile (silk)
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Armor Parts-Masks
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.263a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370
This mask is made in three detachable parts (lower face, nose, and forehead), so that it could be worn as a full face mask (sōmen), half-mask (mempō), or as a chin and cheek guard (hoate) only. The fierce face and prominent nose are intended not only to display the armorer's skill but also to give the mask's wearer the appearance of a certain type of malevolent mountain demon (tengu).
[William Ockelford Oldman, London, before 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Gods of War: Sacred Imagery and the Decoration of Arms and Armor," December 10, 1996–April 4, 1998, no. 37.

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