Rare Antique Japanese Noh Theatre Mask Signed Masanao of Ise
This Rare Noh Theatre Mask Signed Masanao of Ise is exceedingly rare. Beautifully hand carved from a solid piece of Cherry wood and detailed in black Urushi lacquer. The signature of Masanao of Ise is carved on the rear at the top of the mask. Please see the images attached.
Noh Masks were worn in many ancient Japanese theatre performances as well as ritual Shinto Kagura dances. The Hannya mask portrays the souls of women who have become emotionally demonic due to obsession and jealousy.
Hannya masks visually look to be representing fearful and demonic creatures when they are in fact portraying sad, sorrowful and tormented souls. The fearful visual element is a representation of the internal state of anguish and suffering the souls are experiencing. And with the performance, a display of the fragile complexity of human emotions.
The ancient Theatre Performance Art of Noh, Kyogen, Kagura and Kabuki are all presently experiencing a substantial return to popularity in Japan and as such, original Antique and older theatre masks are eagerly sought after and heavily in demand.
The mask is in excellent condition for it’s age. There are no cracks, warping or chips. There are minor scratches to the lacquer and signs of wear and use which is to be expected for such an Antique utilitarian stage performance item.
Approximate Dimensions of Mask are 25 cm height and 17 cm width
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