Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Kyogen theatre is a humorous counterpart to Noh drama, and this mask would have been used in plays such as Ebisu-Bishamon. The features are extremely expressive, with the smiling deity creasing his face in laughter. The face is fuller than other examples of masks of this character. The eyes are comma-shaped, with laugh-lines reaching towards the ears. The nose is full, with wide flaring nostrils; the mouth is fully open, revealing the upper set of deeply carved teeth; and the cheeks are full and express the jolly nature of the god. The ears are long and pendulous (although traditionally Ebisu is deaf), and have developed a patina from handling and wear.
I'm a nehiyaw artist, living in amiskwaciwâskahikan. I'm a traditional old school & portrait artist, I'm currently dabbling in portrait film photography & 90's grudge & wireframe pieces. I've been using these methods to modernizing traditional indigenous art for the last few years now. The word wâpos is nehiyawewin (cree) for rabbit, which is why there's a wâpos in all my prints.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.