Lion Dance (Shishi-mai) Mask

Object ID: 1984.013.001
Object: Mask, Wood, lacquer, cloth, cord
Place of Origin: Takayama area, Gifu Prefecture (Central Japan)
Size: 8.5×18.25×8.25

A prop of this kind is used in a type of folk entertainment called a shishi-mai, or lion dance. With its low features and elongated face, this lion’s head represents a particularly expressive regional variation on the standard Japanese depiction of the lion.