Q: I just purchased a gorgeous Noh theater mask of what I assume to be a Hannya character. I was hoping I could get more information, an appraisal, etc. Give me a response and I’ll send you guys some photos. Cameron, 1290
A: I must charge for appraisals, however I usually include a letter grade that suggests value… and it is free. Your brand new Noh mask may not be the famous she devil. I’ve also posted another mask that looks more like her. There are several other characters that resemble Hannya. I couldn’t find one with black skin and white hair in my book. You could do a Google search. B
That is indeed a Hannya, though not a Noh mask. It is a Menburyu mask, used exclusively in the Saga Prefecture of Japan. See http://www.maskmuseum.org/mask/japan-menburyu-hannya/
@aaron thank you very much for the information. I was having a hard time swallowing the pill that this was a noh mask because it didn’t quite fit the bill of any noh hannya that I’ve seen so far!