Masks of the World


Suggestions for Mask Man

aaaMystrySolvd-1031Called Hannya, this famous character shows up in several Noh dramas as well as Kyogen plays and Shinto rituals. Hannya is also popular in America as a tattoo subject, good luck charm and decorative wall hanging. What you see here is a mask for the use of a professional actor in Japan. Note that several stages of construction are shown.

Most of the time people send me pictures of masks they can’t identify, but I also show photos that illustrate other aspects of mask collecting. Anything is possible on this blog. I hope you will help me improve this service with your opinions. Feel free to write a little or as much as you want in the Comment block below. Thank you for your help… Bob


Categories:   East Asia


  • Posted: September 26, 2016 11:40


    Showing now and then different stages of mask making would be great! Also, the tools being used. Just a suggestion )
    • Posted: September 28, 2016 20:39

      Bob Ibold

      I'm going to look for nicely displayed mask collections and the making of masks by skilled carvers. While I'm trying I hope readers will come up with some good photos of their own.
  • Posted: September 27, 2016 21:11


    Also, it would be great to see some nice examples of mask walls!