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Shi Shi - Wood - Japan - 19th century

The shishi is a Japanese adaptation of the mythical Chinese lion. The lion's head (shishi gashira) is a mask used during popular festivals; an officiant would place it on his head, cover his body with a large fabric and dance by snapping his jaw and wagging his tongue for it. Red and black lacquered wood. Traces of age and use. A crack on the... more

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