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Oceanic Masks - Ancestor spirit mask from Tami Islands

Oceanic Masks - Ancestor spirit mask from Tami Islands

Square-Faced Mask, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, New Ireland, Region of the Lavongai Mission, Lavongai Island (New Hanover)

Square-Faced Mask, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, New Ireland, Region of the Lavongai Mission, Lavongai Island (New Hanover)

japaneseaesthetics:  Mask for Gigaku masked dance. 9th century, Japan. wood (paulownia), dry lacquer, paint.  Weltmuseum Wien Museum, Austria  Gigaku was a dance drama with central Asian influences which was introduced to Japan in the 8th century from China via Korea. While later masks only cover the face, Gigaku-masks cover the whole head including the ears. Gigaku dances were usually performed as part of rituals at Buddhist temples.  Besides the expressive facial features of this mask, its…

japaneseaesthetics: “ Mask for Gigaku masked dance. Weltmuseum Wien Museum, Austria Gigaku was a dance drama with central Asian influences.