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Title

Kyōgen mask of a kappa

2019


Artist

Kitazawa Hideta

Japan

1968 -


About

These masks were designed and carved by Hideta Kitazawa (b1968). Kitazawa has been making masks for Japan’s nō, kagura and kyōgen theatre traditions for over 20 years and 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 from Japanese cypress (hinoki) and paulownia (kiri) before being painted and lacquered.

Nō is a complex form of dance theatre with a centuries-old history but possibly preceded by kagura, a Shinto theatre form. Lengthy, austere nō performances are often interspersed with short humorous spoken kyōgen performances based on folktales. The masks represent characters from the supernatural realms of Japanese legend: a water-dwelling kappa with a love of cucumbers, a magical shapeshifting white tenko fox, a red oni demon, a long-nosed tengu with exceptional skill in martial arts, and a long-horned hannya demoness.


Details


Date

2019


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

cypress (hinoki), paint; carving


Dimensions

19.8 x 17.5 x 11.0 cm


Credit

Roger Pietri Fund 2019


Accession number

158.2019


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