Showing posts with label demon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label demon. Show all posts

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Akaoni (red demon) masks of Kunisaki


Since I started to make masks myself I have become interested in searching out examples of older, wooden masks.


Shrines are a good place as many of them have old masks on display.


The red demon is often paired with the white demon.


All of these masks were at shrines on the Kunisaki peninsular in Oita Prefecture, northern Kyushu.


You can see a couple of my red demon masks here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Red Ogre (demon). Aka Oni 2


Got round to finishing another mask, a second version of the Akaoni, or Red Ogre.

The earlier version of the red demon mask can be seen here

A short blurb on Japanese Oni here


All my masks can be seen here

All masks are for sale .

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mizokuchi demons


This is the draincover for the town of Mizokuchi in Tottori Prefecture. A story concerning the mythical 7th emperor of Japan visiting the area and fighting the local Oni, demon or ogre, is considered to be the earliest mention of Oni in Japan.


Up until recently the town had an Oni Museum, but apparently it has closed down due to lack of visitors. The giant statue on top of the building was visible from quite a ways off.


There was a small collection of demon masks from around the world.


And a small collection of demon masks from around japan.


A nice wooden Hanya mask.


Off course it wouldn't be Japan without "cute" demons!