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Title

Nō mask of a female demon (hannya)

2013


Artist

Kitazawa Hideta

Japan

1968 -


About

Jealousy and obsession can transform beautiful women into hannya demons who eat human flesh. Their metallic horns, fangs and tortured expression reveal fury but also a sense of sadness and suffering. Hannya appear in nō and kyōgen (wild words) plays as well as in the kagura dance performances of Shinto faith.


Details


Date

2013


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

cypress (hinoki), paint; carving


Dimensions

24.5 x 17.0 x 9.5 cm


Credit

Roger Pietri Fund 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

157.2019


Artist information

Kitazawa Hideta

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020