unsigned wood netsuke

18th century

shishimai mask

height 2 in., 5 cm

large wood shishi head with movable jaw, ears and top curl, the himotoshi formed with a metal ring attached at the back, the eyes inlaid with brass

The shishimai is a lion dance associated with New Year's celebrations which is performed with a shishi mask with a movable jaw.

another view


Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.

site last updated
December 1, 2022

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475