mask (dance & live theatre)

Crudely carved small wooden mask, painted black. There are two large apertures for the eyes and one for the mouth, with red paint around the eye sockets and mouth and under the chin. There is a fairly large hole at each side, presumably for cord to secure to wearer's head. It is perhaps a ritual mask, as it does not appear to be theatrical. A character is inscribed on the inside between the eyes, which may be Japanese 'hikari' which means 'light' . There is a nail below the mouth which might once have been for a leather strap for the wearer to use to keep the mask in place.

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