In the middle of the 19th century Japan began to welcome foreigners back into the country for the first time in 241 years and by the end of the century there was a growing interest in collecting Japanese items.
Carved and painted wooden figure of a Japanese mask maker on a wooden platform complete with tools. Signed HANANUMA. In a glass case. 'A Japanese model of a No Theatre Mask Maker that was part of a set of four made by the carver Hananuma, The Peddler of Baskets also forms part of this set (the other two were a Fisherman and a Gardener, not in this collection). They were completed using a very high degree of craftsmanship, each carved from wood, inset with hair and the body 'slip' finished in natural colours. The Mask Maker was said to be Charles Wade's favourite object in the collection' (M.Jessup). CPW item number 88 (Blue).
CPW item 88 Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.
Makers and roles