Q: This is a very large paper mache mask. It is Japanese and comes from the Shinshu region. Size is 52cm W x 66cm H. There is a collection of 12 – one for each month. The one I have is July. I bought it close to 30 years ago. Apparently they were to protect people when traveling. The Japanese name is 道神面 (road/god/mask). There are also smaller masks in wood, with the same designs. I have searched on the net to see if they are still sold, however, I have been unable to find any – only books in Japanese about the artist and his works.
Categories: East Asia