Condition : Old Vintage Condition Origin : 100% MADE IN JAPAN Material : Pottery Age : Showa Dimension : approx H23cm x W20cm x D11cm(9.05inch x 7.87inch x 4.33inch). There are approximately 60 kinds of Noh masks. The origin of "Noh" is from the entertainment called "Sangaku" which was transmitted from China in the Nara era. From the beginning of the Heian period, "Sangaku" spreads across Japan and gradually becomes known as Sarugaku. " It is the beginning of the Noh mask that some mask bearers dance as "gods in the festival praying for world peace and abundant harvest."Oni (Demon)" mask was made at the very beginning of Noh mask history alongside with the god "Okina", then several Noh masks of "Human transcendent existence" were made. A genius "Zeami" dramatically changed the "Sarugaku" in the Muromachi era. He has developed "Sarugaku" that was entertainment for the masses into highly artistic Noh. " Noh masks have unclear emotions on them and are finished with an uncertain "intermediary facial expression. Especially, female Noh masks are made to be able to express pleasure, joy, loneliness and sadness by face up and face down.
Please take a look and compare the different facial expressions from above and bottom of a mask on your hands. The mask is believed to be the oldest in the Noh mask history. All orders are securely packaged and send ECONOMY AIR.It takes about 2weeks to 3weeks. Please decide the final judgment for the item value by yourself. Most of the items are very old and not mint condition. They have age appropriate flaws and rust. International Buyers - Please Note. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Masks". The seller is "bronze_museum_japan" and is located in this country: JP. This item can be shipped worldwide.