An image of Kagura mask of a demon (oni)

Kitazawa Hideta

(Japan 1968 – )

Kagura mask of a demon (oni)

Location
Not on display
Further information

This mask was designed and carved by Hideta Kitazawa who is internationally recognised for his expertise and adventurous approach to contemporary mask-making. Like his father Ikkyou Kitazawa, the artist also specialises in Shinto temple carvings and has completed commissions for Japan’s imperial family. Kitazawa’s masks are chiselled by hand before being painted and lacquered.

This small mask was inspired by an old mask made for a child performer. It represents an oni, a gigantic, muscular demon with red, blue or green skin, exaggerated features, horns and bulging eyes. Often fearsome, oni can also be comical and skittish. In the tale of Momotarō (peach boy), oni were subdued by the boy accompanied by a dog, a monkey and a pheasant.

Year
2018
Media
Sculpture
Medium
cypress (hinoki), paint; carving
Dimensions
17.2 x 14.5 x 7.5 cm
Credit
Roger Pietri Fund 2019
Accession number
159.2019
Copyright
© Kitazawa Hideta