This is an authentic, Edo Period c. 1900 antique, hand-carved wood NOH theatre mask painted with natural pigments over "gofun, " an oyster-based gesso, on hand-carved wood. This grimacing character, O-beshimi, has a mouth clamped firmly shut giving him an obstinate expression.
The nostrils and eyes are perforated. The whiskers and beard are real hair.Noh is a major form of classical Japanese dance-drama that has been performed since the 14th century. This is a Kishin (Demon) mask, a type that was developed early in noh's history and is used for portraying tobide (fierce gods or demons) and beshimi (goblins and other creatures). A noh mask is small and does not entirely cover a noh performer's face when it is being worn. Part of the chin and/or jowls should show to enhance expressiveness. Measures about 6 1/2" H (8" including hair) and 4 1/2 W Condition: Very good antique condition, with some wear and loss of paint resulting from use and age. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Masks". The seller is "richginger" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Switzerland, Brazil.