Antique Japanese Wood Theatrical Noh Mask / 18th-19th Century / Edo - Meiji Era For SaleAntique Japanese Wood Theatrical Noh Mask
19th Century or Earlier
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A very fine antique Japanese theatrical Noh mask dating to the 18th - 19th century or earlier (Edo or Meiji era).
This mask was hand-carved from a very hard, light wood and the front surface was finished with a thin coat of gesso that was painted with the character's features.
The mask shows great wear, through the surface decoration right down to the wood and even into the wood. This mask is very old. SIZE:
Height - 6.5" / Width - 5.5" / Depth - 1.75" This mask depicts one of the male characters in a Noh play, possibly a God, Demon, or mythological being.
The face has his mouth closed and down-turned (frown or anger). The eyes and nostrils have hand-drilled holes and there are two small holes on either side of the mask for attachment of string or cloth to hold the mask in place on the actor of the drama.
The features are painted in white and a black or very dark brown and the mouth is red. All of the paints have darkened and the mask has developed a beautiful rich, aged patina over the centuries.
This mask is in good condition for its age however, as you can see from the photographs, it has seen much use and the surfaces are worn overall. There is a loss to the nose and just below it and some other areas, have lost their gesso and painted surfaces. The wood is exposed in some places and has become worn and developed a dark, smooth and glossy patina.
The painted surfaces also show wear and a darkened glossy patina and there are places where the white gesso under-coating is exposed. The back side of the mask also shows smooth wear and darkening, as seen in the photographs.
This is a very fine and early example of a Noh mask with strong expression and presence. PLEASE NOTE :
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Japanese or Chinese Theatrical Masks and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Mingei, Folk Art, Modernist, or Arts and Crafts decor.
This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment and it will be carefully packed and shipped for quick and safe arrival to its new owner.
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