East Asia

Old Noh theater mask

Q:  I  have and old Japanese mask but know nothing about it. Thanks!  Oliver, 1262

A:  I assume it is an old temple mask– something a monk has made for sale to faithful visitors to the temple. Or it could be an old man for a Noh play. I asked Oliver to send me some higher res scans and will post them when they come. Then I can make a few more comments.

One Comment

  • Bob Ibold

    Oliver wrote and email to me. “Many thanks for your help. I think the following mask may be related to the one in question. It is a Noh theater mask called Tenjin.” My reply would be that it is close, but one is smiling and the other is frowning.

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