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Noh Theater Mask of Ayakashi, Japan, Early 20th C.

Noh Theater Mask of Ayakashi, Japan, Early 20th C.


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Wood: Pre 1940: Item # 1458496

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A fine Noh mask, with strong features, representing the character of Ayakashi, the malign aspect of a general killed in battle. Wood, with polychrome and gold painting, eyes made of brass. The mask is signed. Japan, early 20th century. Height: 21.7 cm. The mask is nicely mounted on a custom stand. Very good condition. NOTE: The name "Ayakashi" also refers to an apparition with mysterious spiritual powers, or a vengeful sea-dwelling spirit. Perhaps the best known Noh play using Ayakashi is ""Funa Benkei", in which the mask represents the avenging ghost of Taira no Tomomori, a Heike general sent to a watery grave by the Minamoto clan. Most memorable is a scene in which a sword-wielding Tomomori attacks his enemies.