This Japanese vintage heavy pottery decorative mask represents the character of one of the Onryos 能面, a Noh Play character. It is the character of a ghost or spirit. This is a decorative mask of a Noh character, An Onryo portrays incarnate spirits of dead persons. They include male ghosts such as Ayakashi, Yase-otoko and Kawazu, and female ones such as Yamanba and Deigan. It does not represent evil as is often the misconception. Noh plays in general, are meant to be humorous. Of course, this is a decorative mask as one can see both due to the eye openings not to mention it is a heavy pottery piece. This mask is from the 1960's per the Japanese dealer or possibly older, so it is as least 60 years old. It is a medium weight earthenware mask. The back has been antiqued in black and brown. it is not signed. It is a very nice mask in very good condition, it has some very minor spots due to rubbing on the back where it touches the wall. I did not realize we have not yet added more pictures so added those we have and will try to get to that as soon as possible or please inquire.
SIZE: APPROX: Height 7" or 17.78 cm, Width: 5" or 12.7 cm, or larger
There is a great website called the-noh, that has complete information on Noh Plays, the soup to nuts of the plays and characters, as well as many of the different stories commonly told in the plays, their characters, costumes and masks.
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