An image of Kyōgen mask of a kappa

Kitazawa Hideta

(Japan 1968 – )

Kyōgen mask of a kappa

Location
Not on display
Further information

Kappa are water-dwelling yōkai that combine elements of frogs, turtles and monkeys. With regional variations across Japan, they usually have wild hair surrounding pools of water on their heads. Kappa love sumo wrestling and cucumbers; kappa-maki (cucumber sushi rolls) are named after them. This contemporary mask comes from artist Hideta Kitazawa’s imagination rather than tradition.

Year
2019
Media
Sculpture
Medium
cypress (hinoki), paint; carving
Dimensions
19.8 x 17.5 x 11.0 cm
Credit
Roger Pietri Fund 2019
Accession number
158.2019
Copyright
© Kitazawa Hideta