Namanari Noh mask , woodcarving in Japanese cypress , 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.
Very rare mask and difficult to find.
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This mask is used for "Kanawa", a Noh play that portrays the pain and anger of a woman betrayed by her husband. The focused eyes are tilted upwards and the horns just begin to grow. The mask represents vividly a woman who becomes a demon, driven by her growing jealousy and resentment.
It could be said that this character represents the step before completely transforming into Hannya.