Art / Sculpture
Glass, Paint, Wood
510 mm (H)1350 mm (H)540 mm (W)490 mm (D)
Place of origin
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Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
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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 screwed from below onto a wooden platform. He is wearing a loincloth. He holds a miniature mask in left hand. Signed HANANUMA. Around him a 3-drawer cabinet, top drawer out, contains 5 wooden handled tools; a block with scratched on top, tree effect carved on front with Japanese characters, a mask, 2 wooden handled tools and 2 pieces of grooved wood on top; a wooden crate, open top, with a mallet and some block of wood; a brown and white striped robe; 5 wooden handled tools; a black handled knife; a wooden board with a black stone and a miniature brush. The stand is on four legs carved as tree trunks, with bamboo stretchers. All in a glass case. on a base with a floral design fretwork panel each side, standing on a purpose built (NT) black four legged stand. '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.
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