Inscribed by Myōchin Muneakira (Japanese, Edo period, 1673–1745)
Iron, lacquer, textile (silk)
L. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1919
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370
Muneakira's masterpiece, this mask by Muneakira was already famous when it was first published in 1763. It represents Jikokuten, guardian of the East, one of the Four Kings of Heaven. The mask is also one of the few to retain its original silk head covering sewn to the upper edges.
Inscription: Inscribed on the chin: Made by Myōchin Shikibu Ki-no Muneaki in Yedo, 1745.
Ex coll.: C.S. Smith
Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor From the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 64–65, ill. back cover.