Hannya mask carved in Japanese cypress wood, metal eyes and teeth and gold pigment. Painted with natural pigments. Old article, imported from Japan, museum quality, special piece for collectors. Wooden box and silk bag included.
It´s very hard to find a high quality Hannya mask with amazing shapes like this. If you are looking for a special piece for your collection, this is your mask.
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Hannya's mask is a Noh theater mask that represents a female demon or a jealous snake. It has two sharp horns like bulls, metallic eyes and a lubricious mouth divided from ear to ear. In general, it is said that Hannya's name comes from the name of an artist monk Hannya-bo, who is said to have created it. This mask portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy. Its distinctive and frightening aspect makes it one of the most recognizable Noh masks. This mask is demonic and dangerous, but also sad and tormented, and shows the complexity of human emotions. Every aspect has every emotional expression; when the actor looks ahead, the mask looks frightening and angry; When you lean slightly down, the face seems to be deeply sad. There are 3 types of Hannya mask, such as Shiro-Hannya (literally "white mask of Hannya") or Aka-Hannya (literally "red mask of Hannya") and Kuro Hannya (black mask of Hannya).
This belongs to the Kuro Hannya, the word "Kuro" means "black" in Japanese. His skin color shows that he was living a life far from normal human life. She can live in the mountains or in a wild environment. Also, if you look at the details of the Hannya mask features, Kuro-Hannya has the wildest and most aggressive face of all.