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Title

Kyōgen mask of a kappa

2019


Artist

Kitazawa Hideta

Japan

1968 -


About

Kappa are water-dwelling yōkai that combine elements of frogs, turtles and monkeys. With regional variations across Japan, they usually have wild hair surrounding pools of water on their heads. Kappa love sumo wrestling and cucumbers; kappa-maki (cucumber sushi rolls) are named after them. This contemporary mask comes from artist Hideta Kitazawa’s imagination rather than tradition.


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


Location

Not on display


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