Gigaku Mask, Rikishi (Guardian)


Gigaku Mask, Rikishi (Guardian)

Sculpture / Nara

Kamakura period, 12th-13th century

Wood with pigments and lacquer

L 34.0, W 21.0


This work represents one of the few extant examples of Gigaku mask in early Kamakura period, thought to have made by the influential Buddhist sculptors in Nara. The lips were pursed in a frown and the teeth were not shown, which was derived from the style of Guardian Kings.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.138, no.154.

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