Sunday, June 8, 2008

Hanya mask

This was the first Hanya mask in Iwami Kagura style that I completed. I have posted already about the meaning and history of the hanya.
My teacher is Saburo Ando, one of only a handful of master mask makers in Iwami. I think I drive him a little crazy because I have a tendency to make "unauthorized" changes. :)
My masks are fully functional as masks to be worn during Iwami Kagura, but are more commonly sold to put up in house entrance foyers where they scare off evil spirits.
Originally carved in wood, for about 100 years they have now been made of a washi (Japanese paper) base coated in a mix of lime (ground seashell) and glue. This makes them strong, but much lighter than wooden masks. It also allows for more flexibility in the form.
If you are interested in purchasing this or any other of my masks, please contact me through the address at the top-right of this page.
I can also custom make masks.

Red Hanya mask
Blue Hanya mask


  1. how much for the red one?
    email me at
    thank you.

  2. Theses hanya mask look really good i have almost 20 but they cost alot

  3. I would like 2 buy the Red hanya, the Blue hanya, n the Small hanya 2...they r beautifal...absolutly breathtaking...I need prices...please :-)

    contact me at u...ojisan!!!

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