About this artwork
Mikazuki masks were used by actors portraying vengeful spirits in need of appeasement. The masks’ characteristic features include an ocher complexion, a wide mustache, and eyes fashioned with gilded brass rings, with the whites painted red. The wide eyes and bared teeth give the mask a frightening expression, and the glint of light off the eyes during a performance must have added to its terror.
- Mikazuki (male deity) Noh mask
- Japanese cypress, colors, and brass
- Frederick W. Gookin Collection