A beautiful Noh theatre Mask- Japan ca late 1800s Good structural condition with surface wear only- consummate to genuine age and use. Height 21cm width 17cm Weight 220 grams approx.
NOH is traditional masked lyric dance-drama, performed on a simple stage to accompaniment of music & actors voice.
By the direction of a well made noh mask, the facial expression is changed. The origin of noh theatre goes back to the fourteenth century .
Traditionally KABUKI and BUNRAKU were for the common people, NOH was for members of the warrior or samurai class. There are the existence of appx. 250 noh plays, which are grouped roughly into five main classifications, according to subject matter which are
Shin (God), Nan (man), Nyo (woman), Kyo (madness), and Ki (demon).
The concepts of most of the plays show Buddhist influences. The masks worn by the actors are not limited to any one specific role, but are used for various roles in different plays.
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