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Kano Tessai

Discussions of carvers, workshops and attributions. A forum to also find help on, or discuss, signatures.
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KPR
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Kano Tessai

Postby KPR » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:54 am

The shinmonzen street in Kyoto seems to be overrun by forum members.
As a reminder of my trips to Japan, I always buy a netsuke and this is a difficult matter.
On 20 September this year, I bought this mask in the shinmonzen street.
This little Chido mask is by Kano Tessai. The visible damages are made intentionally. Tessai made several small copies of large, very old Gigaku masks with many lacquer damages, which he probably saw in temples in Nara, where he lived temporarily.
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Re: homage to father and son

Postby souldeep » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:30 pm

Tessai, a genius at creating the effect of wear and weathered masks. His painting technique, as far as I understand, a unique process that we unfortunately can only guess at how to recreate today. Tessai also produced some amazing sagemono. His pipe cases quite often focusing on those masks, as you mention Klaus, that he had connections with in the temples of Nara.

A good choice as a keepsake Klaus.

I'm surprised we have no thread on this artist. Perhaps we need to start one.
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Re: homage to father and son

Postby chonchon » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:13 pm

That Kano Tessai head/mask is quite a discovery in more ways than one. Congratulations.
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Re: homage to father and son

Postby lohrberg » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:17 pm

I do not know, what
a Kano Tessai mask/head has to do with the topic "Homage to Father and Son". However Tessai's masks, which can be different from usual masks (they are more "heads", than just masks, as piers characterized them ahead), found their way into this thread.

So I pick up the ball and show another of these Gigaku mask/head by Tessai,

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Re: homage to father and son

Postby lohrberg » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:27 am

Question for MOD Team
Klaus came in with a Tessai Mask, which he found in Shinmonzen Street, after a previous poster mentioned that Antique Shop Street in Kyoto. I jumped on the train because of the shown Tessai Mask/Head. Wouldn't it be worth to start a new threat beginning with Klaus' post and call it Kano Tessai Mask or similar?

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Re: Kano Tessai

Postby souldeep » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:24 pm

Done. Posts split onto this new thread for study of Kano Tessai.
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