Kitsune (Fox) Masks! – Kitsune are a pretty popular subject of Japanese folklore, so this time I made a few color variants of the same design. - in folklore, There are good kitsune which serve the goddess inari under the rank of Myobu (tenko), and wicked field foxes known as Yako (nogitsune) which generally only serve themselves (see my previous kitsune post for more about them) - the older a kitsune is, the more tails it grows and the more powerful it’s magic becomes... The golden eyes used in noh theatre masks generally represent intense animalistic, demonic or otherwise, inhuman emotions, The more gold used on the mask, the further away from humanity the wearer acts. So for a furious character the masks might just have the iris be gold, but most youkai masks tend to have entirely golden eyeballs, teeth and horns (more on that another post!)
...Nine tailed kitsune are granted omniscience and can see all; so in this case, I sort of like to think of the mask with golden eyes represents the most powerful of the trio!!! • Learn more about noh masks in my shop: @samkalensky (link in bio) both stickers and masks are available!
• Hyottoko: etsy.me/2PEhp1g
• Okame: etsy.me/2LJfYNP
• Kitsune: etsy.me/2qETxlr
issue #2 of my yokai zine will include a section all about festival/Noh masks and a fair bit more about kitsune as well!! :) #kitsune #fox #tenko #yako #nogitsune #myobu #folklore #myths #legends #kyogen #yokai #noh #mythology #inari #japan #artistsoninstagram #etsyseller #etsyshop #supportlocal #supporthandmade #vancouver #vancity #samkalensky