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Asakurajô (Old Man Asakura) Noh mask

A work made of japanese cypress, colors, and horsehair.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


16th century



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, Gallery 103


Arts of Asia


Asakurajô (Old Man Asakura) Noh mask


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1501–1599


Japanese cypress, colors, and horsehair

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Frederick W. Gookin Memorial Collection

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