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|Theater mask in wood representing a woman's face. The polychromy and lacquer are very well preserved: nice red lips, with black lines under each eye and the drawing of the hair framing the face with delicacy.|
This mask was used for traditional Japanese theater, the Nô, which appeared at the end of 13th century. The actors, wearing magnificent costumes and masks that were appropriate for every role, combined reciting of chronicles in verse and dancing.
Women's masks are always classified according to the age and to the expression of the face, and concentrate on particular types: beautiful young woman, worried mother and old deserving woman. There are in all about sixty types of Nô masks, most of them still in use today. All of them mix real and symbolic elements that always try to give some information about the character and her mood.
|Preservation: Excellent state of preservation, the back of the mask is also very nice to see for its oldness.|
Museography: a similar copy is presented at the British Museum under the reference JA OA+7105, room 92-94.
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|Provenance: Once belonged to Mr Delens, former councillor to the French embassy in Tokyo.|
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