Auction ID 89018 - Vintage Japanese Shishimai Mask Japanese Lion Head Mask Folk Art Dog Mask Japanese New Year Decoration

Auction ID 89018 - Vintage Japanese Shishimai Mask Japanese Lion Head Mask Folk Art Dog Mask Japanese New Year Decoration

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Made in Japan Shishi (or Jishi) is translated as "lion” but it can also refer to a deer or dog with magical properties and the power to repel evil spirits. A pair of shishi traditionally stand guard outside the gates of Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. At new year, Japanese lion dance called "Shishi-mai" is held in many places. There is a tradition that children who have their head bitten by Shishi will be happy This Japanese Lion head mask made of wood and was found at an Estate Sale. It is in good vintage condition with some wear. There are some paint crackles on the lion ears, nose and one side. I didn't fix it for original view of this beautiful Japanese folk art. The Shishi head ears & mouth are movable. Look the pictures please. The vintage wooden hand made Japanese Lion mask measures approximately 4"h x 5 3/4"w x 4"d without original box. ***Notice, please, that each computer monitor is different and colors could be slightly different than the actual item.*** The item will be carefully packed and sent with a tracking number and insurance. ♥Please feel free to contact me and ask any question(s)♥

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