The square face of this deity shows closed eyes with wide overarching eyebrows. The full mouth is closed, and the short nose has flared nostrils. The hat/headdress feature shows a long hanging ponytail-like feature at the back, with raised arc-like elements that surmounts the head. The curvilinear ears are set well back. There is some damage to the back right hand side, and significant internal damage. The light-coloured wood clearly shows the grain of the wood, and there are traces of dark red lacquer. The face id smoothly carved, but evidence of carving masks can be seen on the back of the head.
This head is almost certainly from a figure squatting in Japanese style on the floor. It is carved from a single block of wood and the back stll shows quite wide score marks from the chisel or adze. The makers of Shinto figures were rarely the professional craftsmen who made Buddhist sculpture, and their technique represents an early type of folk-tradition which continued to exist in more popular form in local sculpture up to the nineteenth century.
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