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Masks were used throughout Japanese culture in dance, theatrical performances and religion. Masks were an important type of netsuke and were usually copies of ancient masks, but many were from the carver's own whimsy and imagination.


Head of a lionMask in the form of demonMask of a female demon

Mask of OkameMask of OkameMask of yamabushi

Seven Noh theatre masksDemon-like maskOld-man mask