Tortured Pocket Ceramic Mask. Raku. Japan
Handcrafted mask of a tortured face. Raku process which involves hand-shaping of rather porous material. It is low fired with lead glazes . . . and removed from the kiln and allowed to cool in the open air.
Such Japanese pottery is traditionally used to create tea bowls for tea ceremonies. However, I don’t believe this mask would be welcome at such ceremonies.
Yes, they appear to be metal bolts in the forehead. OUCH!
Stand not included.
A very interesting and cool mask.