East Asia

Old Man mask of Japanese Noh theater

Q:  I have an old wooden Japanese mask and would like it identified and dated. Can you help? I have not found another in my research on Google.   Ian, 1257

A:  Many of the Noh plays feature one or more old men in the cast. Identifying your particular old man will be difficult.

I think it is from the the first half of the 20th century. The quality of the carving suggests it sold for a lower price. Perhaps you can find someone fluent in Japanese to translate that old label. What the label says might raise or lower the value a little.  A-

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