Grotesque Japanese Lacquered Wood Life-Size Model of a Grimacing Head
Grotesque Japanese Lacquered Wood Life-Size Model of a Grimacing Head
Grotesque Japanese Lacquered Wood Life-Size Model of a Grimacing Head

Grotesque Japanese Lacquered Wood Life-Size Model of a Grimacing Head

1800 to 1900 Japan

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A Curious Grotesque Japanese Lacquered Wood Life-Size Model of a Grimacing Head
With glass eyes and human hair
2nd half of 19th Century

Size: 34cm high, 23cm wide – 13½ ins high, 9 ins wide
This head has an extraordinarily lively expression and may have been made as an example of a human stereotype. Made by a Japanese craftsman in the grotesque popular tradition of mask making this sculpture perfectly encapsulates the need to explore, and to capture the bizarre. It is the perfect object for the cabinet of curiosities; emphasising the exotic as well as understanding that fascination arises from fear.
Medium
Wood, lacquer, glass eyes and human hair
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