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Antique Boxed Set, 12 Japanese Devil Masks w/Glass Eyes

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1062429

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A set of 12 uniquely crafted masks of devils dating from the Meiji period enclosed in a period custom made kiri-wood box titled Kodai-men Hina-gata Juni-ko (12 miniature ancient masks). They are created from clay covered in gofun and mineral pigments with inset eyes of glass and ivory teeth and horns. Each mask is roughly 9 x 8 x 5 cm (3-1/2 x 3-1/4 x 2 inches). There are some minor losses to the coloration but otherwise all are in fine condition. The box has served its purpose well, protecting the collection from obvious ravages of time.