Wooden mask of Ebisu, the Japanese god of fishermen and luck. Ebisu is one of the seven propitious Gods. He is also called the Leech-child.
This mask was carved from a unique block of Katsura wood by the Watanabe Clan more than 30 years ago in Nikko. It has been preserved with precaution by the Watanabe descendant.
The Katsura wood is very hard and dense, which gives the mask the ability to go through the years without cracking or showing any signs of alteration. Working such hard wood requires a high level of expertise, making this Ebisu mask a wonderful piece of art.
- Material : Katsura wood, also called caramel tree
- Size in cm (height x width x depth) : 21.7 x 15 x 8
Made in Nikko, in the Tochigi prefecture.
Artist's page: Mrs W.