The Hannya mask is said to be demonic and dangerous but also sorrowful and tormented, displaying the complexity of human emotions. When the actor looks straight ahead, the mask appears frightening and angry; when tilted slightly down, the face of the demon appears to be sorrowful, as though crying. The oldest known hannya mask is dated 1558.
Wood – Japanese cypress (hinoke)
10-1/2” x 6” (with horns 14”) 26.7 cm x 15.2 cm (horns 35.6 cm)