Historical period(s)
Momoyama or Edo period, 17th century
Wood, pigment, and lacquer
H x W x D (overall): 24.5 x 16 x 19.8 cm (9 5/8 x 6 5/16 x 7 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Collected by Seymour J. Janow and gifted in his memory by his family
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


demon, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615)

To 2003
Seymour J. Janow, Washington, DC, acquired in Japan, to 2003 [1]

From 2003
Freer Gallery of Art, given by the family of Seymour J. Janow in 2003


[1] According to Curatorial Note 1, Ann Yonemura, September 30, 2003, in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Selma Janow


This long-nosed red mask represents a tengu. With both bird and human attributes, tengu often are depicted wearing the garments of yamabushi, ascetic Buddhist monks who acquire magical powers. Despite this association, tengu were connected to malicious acts toward Buddhist priests, such as kidnapping them and tying them in trees, driving them mad by implanting impure thoughts, or tricking them into consuming excrement. Masks representing the red-faced tengu were used in shrine dances.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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