Wooden festival mask
Edo period, 17th century
Hyottoko seems to have been a legendary character which originated in the Dengaku Dance since the Heian period. Its roll was a clown at the time, but it became rather a funny character in the festivals. People put this mask and danced. The origin of the name “Hyottoko” comes from “hi” (fire in Japanese) and “otoko” (man) because the character blows fire with a bamboo pipe. The eyes are looking up diagonally, and it is funny as if the character plays dumb. The face expression looks after a Kentoku mask, and the shape of mouth resembles to a Usobuki mask of Kyōgen.
This mask has some traces of hair transplant of beard and eyebrow, which is rather rare for the normal festival masks.