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Waka Onna (Young Woman) Noh mask

A work made of japanese cypress, colors, lacquer.

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  • A work made of japanese cypress, colors, lacquer.




Yamaguchi Bidou
Japanese, b. 1970

About this artwork

This carefully crafted Waka onna mask was carved out of cypress wood by Yamaguchi Bidou, one of the few craftsmen in Japan today producing masks in keeping with the high standards of the traditional art form. Defining characteristics of the young female mask include the large forehead; downcast, elongated eyes; small mouth with a lower lip that sticks out; blackened teeth; and white complexion.

The facial expression can be very hard to read—it is kept neutral so that the performer’s gestures can project the proper emotions. This type of young female mask is meant to depict a woman who is about 25–30 years old. It has been fashioned to appear somewhat aged and worn.


On View, Gallery 103


Arts of Asia


Yamaguchi Bidou


Waka Onna (Young Woman) Noh mask


Japan (Object made in)

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Japanese cypress, colors, lacquer


21 × 13 × 7 cm (8 1/4 × 5 1/8 × 2 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Yamaguchi Bidou

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