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Title

Kagura mask of a fox (tenko)

2015


Artist

Kitazawa Hideta

Japan

1968 -


About

Tenko celestial foxes are considered to be more than 1000 years old. With nine tails, extraordinary vision and the ability to foresee the future, they are the most supremely powerful of all Japan’s magical foxes (kitsune). Tenko masks are often combined with long tousled wigs in red or white for sacred Shinto kagura dance performances.

This mask was worn by Sydney-based dancer Yoke Shin in the contemporary nō play 'Oppenheimer' when it was performed at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney in 2015.


Details


Alternative title

Fox spirit


Place where the work was made

Tokyo Japan


Date

2015


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

paulownia (kiri), paint; carving


Dimensions

22.0 x 14.0 x 14.0 cm


Credit

Roger Pietri Fund 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

161.2019


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