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Mask

Maker:
Inscribed by Myōchin Muneakira (Japanese, Edo period, 1673–1745)
Date:
dated 1745
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Iron, lacquer, textile (silk)
Dimensions:
L. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Masks
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.115.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370
Muneakira's masterpiece, this mask by Muneakira was already famous when it was first published in 1763. It represents Jikokuten, guardian of the East, one of the Four Kings of Heaven. The mask is also one of the few to retain its original silk head covering sewn to the upper edges.
#4420. Mask
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Inscription: Inscribed on the chin: Made by Myōchin Shikibu Ki-no Muneaki in Yedo, 1745.
Ex coll.: C.S. SmithCharles Stewart Smith, Jr. (until 1919; Stewart sale, American Art Association, New York, April 25–26, 1919, to MMA)
Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Summer, 1991), pp. 64–65, back cover, ill.

Burawoy, Robert. Les Armuriers Du Japon. Paris: Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2008. pp. 37, 114, ill.

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