East Asia

Woman character in Noh theater

Q:  It appears to be a traditional Noh Mask, although I am not sure if its authentic or a reproduction. The glossy back inside of the mask throws me off.

Would it be worth appraising?  Thanks!   Blake, 1282

A:  This type of female mask is almost as popular as the she-devil known as Hannya. The craftsmanship that goes into Japanese masks for the theater is arguably the most advanced in the world. The best ones are carefully carved out of wood, then painted and sanded many times. This one is a very careful reproduction made out of a strong, molded material. The Japanese hang these in their homes and give them as gifts. They are quite collectable and worth appraising.  B+

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