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Japanese Noh Theater Mask, Early 20th Century

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Wood: Pre 1930: Item # 1444595

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Noh theater mask representing the character of "Zo-Onna", with refined features and open mouth. Finely carved wood, hand painted to enhance the characteristics of the face. The mask is signed. Japan, early 20th century. Height: 21.2 cm. The mask is nicely mounted on a custom stand. Traces of wear due to age, tiny stain on top of left side of the nose, otherwise very good condition. NOTE: the mask of "Zo-Onna" was created by Zoami Hisatsugu, a famous "dengagu" dancer, and represents a young woman whose face reflects dignity and reserve. The "Zo-Onna" character is used for roles demanding a refined elegance.