“Tengu” mask, lacquered wood, Japanese, Taisho period, c.1930

”Tengu” is a mythical supernatural creature of the mountain.  According to legend, “ Tengu” can change into any form and challenge the mountain priests called Yamabushi, who possess magical powers derived from their ascetic practices.  The Tengu has evolved throughout time where it has acquired more human like features with supernatural shape changing abilities, portrayed as a tall man with a long nose like this particular piece.

Carved in wood and lacquered in red, an arresting image, in good condition with a few flaws due to age.  

Measures 12”x17”x18”.

KYA1908A  $350.00