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Noh mask Tenjin

Kodama Mitsumasa16-17th century

Fukuoka City Museum

Fukuoka City Museum
福岡市早良区百道浜3-1-1, Japan

The Tenjin mask is used for Amatsu-kami (a legendary god who descends from the heavens and rules the country) or guards of Buddhist law as well as Sugawara no Michizane who is worshipped, referred to as “Tenjin-sama”. Tenjin literally means a god of the heavens. This mask with downward looking eyes is befitting to the god who looks down on this world from the heavens.

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