Hannya 般若 wooden


Hannya mask carved in Japanese cypress wood, metal eyes and teeth and gold pigment. Painted with natural pigments. Old article, imported from Japan, museum quality, special piece for collectors. Wooden box and silk bag included.

It´s very hard to find a high quality Hannya mask with amazing shapes like this. If you are looking for a special piece for your collection, this is your mask.

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1 800,00 €

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Height 25 cm
Width 15 cm

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Hannya's mask is a Noh theater mask that represents a female demon or a jealous snake. It has two sharp horns like bulls, metallic eyes and a mouth. Land divided from ear to ear. In general, it is said that Hanny's name comes from the name of an artist of Hannya-bo, who is said to have created it. This mask portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy. Its distinctive and frightening aspect makes it one of the most recognizable Noh masks. This mask is demonic and dangerous, but also sad and tormented, and shows the complexity of human emotions. Every aspect has every emotional expression; when the actor looks ahead, the mask looks frightening and angry; when it leans slightly down, the face seems very sad. There are several types of Hannya mask, such as Shiro-Hannya (literally "white mask of Hannya") or Aka-Hannya (literally "red mask of Hannya").

This piece has an exceptional expression. The pale face and sunken forehead express the anger and pains of deep sadness. Delicately disheveled black hair makes the mask look creepy.