Called 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
Showing now and then different stages of mask making would be great! Also, the tools being used. Just a suggestion )
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.
Also, it would be great to see some nice examples of mask walls!