These were the Fox Masks [Kistune] I made to debut in Anime North 2009, Craft's Corner.
I had realized in the last little bit that- as much as I love mask making- most people cannot afford the masks I make. Mainly because I carve them full size, and they take a lot of resources and time.
Also, as a bonus problem was the fact that I refused to do specific ethnic masks for people who wanted to use them for non-traditional ceremonies and the like. Decor is one thing, but to take a traditional mask and build a shrine/dance with it as if it's your to do so? Not with MY masks.
As a good compromise to everyone, I found that I could easy carve or sculpt smaller masks so that they were affordable, customizable, non traditional and even if in semblance of something traditional- not capable for use.
Seen here are 8 different foxes that exist in Japanese legend:
Fire Fox, Water fox, Smoke Fox, Earth/Dirt/Mud Fox, Silver Fox, Pipe/Tube Fox, Fox Fire, and Merchant's Fox.
Each fox is said to originate from a specific place, do a specific thing, and when tamed do a specific action/chore at their master's request.
Each mask was stylized either by traditional description, ethnic local of the legend, or images supplied by old scroll sources.
The only two foxes that could not be photographed up close was the Merchant's Fox (the gold one) and the Fire Fox (The red one) because they were both painted with iridescent paints and just could not be photographed without glares and shines too strong for the camera.
I still casts these foxes, and can customize them as well.Medium:
Plaster-resign Volcanic ash cast.Size:
2.5" X 3"Price:
$10 each. Custom $15
Additional trimming and ornaments can be included in/on these masks as well- contact artist for price and estimate.