unsigned wood netsuke

18th century

shishimai mask

height 2 in., 5 cm

large wood shishi head with movable jaw, ears and top curl, the himotoshi formed with a metal ring attached at the back, the eyes inlaid with brass

The shishimai is a lion dance associated with New Year's celebrations which is performed with a shishi mask with a movable jaw.

another view


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145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
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