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Asakurajô (Old Man Asakura) Noh mask

A work made of japanese cypress, colors, and horsehair.
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  • A work made of japanese cypress, colors, and horsehair.

Date:

16th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

Asakurajô masks are used for older male roles such as woodcutters, fishermen, and ferrymen. The gaunt face and pronounced wrinkles point to a life of hard work. Little of the white pigment that once covered the face remains, while red pigment on the lips can still be discerned.

The name of the mask may have originated when a similar mask was given to Lord Asakura Takakage (1493–1546), daimyo of a region in what is today western Shizuoka. One account claims that the mask may even have resembled him.

On View

Arts of Asia, Gallery 104

Title

Asakurajô (Old Man Asakura) Noh mask

Origin

Japan

Date

Made 1501–1599

Medium

Japanese cypress, colors, and horsehair

Credit Line

Frederick W. Gookin Collection

Reference Number

1936.150

Extended information about this artwork

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