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日本の仮面 舞楽面・行道面

Bugaku and Gyōdō Masks / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14   June 17, 2020 (Wed) - July 12, 2020 (Sun)

  
Gyōdō Mask: The Deva Tamonten, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)

This thematic exhibition introduces masks worn in courtly bugaku performances and Buddhist gyōdō ceremonies in ancient and medieval Japan.

Bugaku was a ceremonial art that prospered from the Heian period (794–1192) onward and features music and dances originating in China, Korea, Vietnam, and elsewhere in Asia. The exaggerated facial expressions of the masks representing dragons, magical birds, and other creatures are particularly attractive.

Gyōdō masks were worn to represent protective deities and bodhisattvas, and parade around temple halls in Buddhist rituals. As you can probably imagine, these masks possess a more ceremonial character.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Bugaku Mask: Korobase, Heian period, 1042 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Tamukeyama Hachimangū Shrine, Nara)
Bugaku Mask: Warawamai, Kamakura period, 1211 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Masumida Shrine, Aichi)
Gyōdō Mask: Bodhisattva, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jūzō Shrine, Ishikawa)
Tsuina Mask: Oni, Kamakura period, 14th century (Lent by Jikōmyōin Temple, Yamagata)