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Gold Inari Leather Mask by merimask Gold Inari Leather Mask by merimask
Here's another Inari mask made as a custom order. The client requested gold instead of black markings. I wasn't sure about it at the time, but I have to admit I think the gold is even prettier than the black...more delicate and female. I outlined the gold with a very fine black, just to isolate the markings and make them more distinct.

Inari is a Shinto goddess of Japan, who is often depicted as a white fox.

This mask, (like all my work) is made completely from one piece of 8oz vegetable-tanned tooling leather, hand carved and hand shaped without molds or forms. Painted with Liquitex acrylics. Custom masks like this one can be commissioned only at my online Etsy shop: [link]
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:iconblackdog624:
BlackDog624 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I wish this mask was available on your website... *sigh* I would really love to buy this.
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Kel-art Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Really amazing
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PhantomWildSpirit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student
I love this colour combination. It looks so wonderful! :aww:
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DragonArmoury Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful. What more can you say :)
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Dragons-Heart Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Very pretty.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very light and elegant combination! I like this one.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I agree! She looks magical...
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Pointy-Eared-Fiend Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Still super fond of this pattern. So glad it's been well-received! Mine is hanging up someplace where I can see it from my desk (when I'm not wearing it).
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a totally awesome mask idea...I'm glad you love yours! :-)
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Pointy-Eared-Fiend Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I really do!
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KittieShade Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Wow! Seriously the first thing I thought as soon as I saw this in my inbox was drop dead gorgeous! I would probably think it would be odd for white and gold as well, but This turned out so amazingly!! I love the how the details on the mask make it look so soft and smooth and the lines define how godly awesome this mask is!! I'm sorry if I just can't shut up and go on... but this mask is now my favourite!! KUDOS!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Glad you like her! I think the gold makes her look even more magical really...
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KittieShade Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
It really does look magical!! Like a goddess so soft and calming!! You completely out did yourself this time!!
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really like the white/gold combo, too - the black/white one is pretty as well, but it gives a distinctly different feel than this. Perhaps not more masculine, but certainly more stark.

It's a very delicate-looking mask to begin with, with the dainty little nose and the swirls and everything. :) It's very pretty.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I was afraid the gold wouldn't work with the sumi-e style swirls (those are traditionally black and NOT gold, but somehow it still works.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Very elegant and simple! Love this one... :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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LordRavenOrion Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The gold looks absolutely amazing! Really beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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StrikeRedkite Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love the gold, it looks so elegant!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks...I think so too! :-)
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, it looks very festive, and like you said more female :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Oooooh, I really like the colors on this one!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much...me too! :-)
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Oraien Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student General Artist
This design is really appealing to me. I love the little eyebrows and the swirls and the little gold nose. It's elegant and sophisticated.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh! I love it! 83 white and gold are so, so beautiful together...
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Yes...I think it makes her look more magical and precious.
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
mmmhm
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ihni Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Ooh, pretty. White and gold ... it works almost as well as silver and black.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I think so too!
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cyborgagent017 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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