ULTRA-MEN

This masks from Central and West Africa were brought to Japan. By dressing in layer upon layer of tsuki-urushi clear lacquer, their surfaces combed with delicate textures in powdered tin and gold. Their bright metallic glow will acquire a sabi patina over the years. The dark wood of the past submerged beneath repeating arcs of seikaiha wave patterns, hints of hakeme brushwork swirl over sunburnt cheeks.

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