Noh mask (1) - Wood - Very fine Hannya mask - including original tomobako - Japan - late 19th / early 20th century

Description
Noh mask (1) - Wood - Very fine Hannya mask - including original tomobako - Japan - late 19th / early 20th century
Very good condition, see description - 22×11×19 cm

Finely and carefully carved into every detail.

In the second part of the play titled Lady Aoi (Aoi no Ue) by Zeami, based on Chapter 9, “Leaves of Wild Ginger” (Aoi), a mountain monk is summoned to perform a ritual to exorcise the vengeful spirit of Lady Rokujō. The jealousy in her heart is embodied as a female ogre, played by a Noh actor wearing a hannya mask, representing a female serpent-demon. A battle rages between the monk and the demon. Eventually, a Buddhist scripture reaches the lady’s heart, and her ogre aspect is calmed.

The hannya mask has an open mouth, strong jaw, sharp teeth, golden eyes, and two horns. Its expression is simultaneously demonic, angry, frightening, tormented, and sorrowful.


Dimensions: 19 x 11x 22 cm


Very good condition; there are signs of wear from age and normal use; for condition, please, take a look at pictures.

Registered shipping, well packed for safe and fast delivering.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Noh mask
Material
Wood
Period
late 19th / early 20th century
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Title of artwork
Very fine Hannya mask - including original tomobako
Condition
Very good condition, see description
Dimensions
22×11×19 cm
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